Diego Fagúndez

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Diego Fagúndez
Diego Fagundez.jpg
Fagúndez poses with a fan
Personal information
Full name Diego Santiago Fagúndez Pepe
Date of birth (1995-02-14) February 14, 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club New England Revolution
Number 14
Youth career
2005–2007 FC United (Massachusetts)
2008–2009 FC Greater Boston Bolts
2009–2010 New England Revolution
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– New England Revolution 61 (17)
National team
2012– Uruguay U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 30, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 17, 2012

Diego Santiago Fagúndez Pepe (born February 14, 1995 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan-American soccer player who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Fagúndez was born in Uruguay, and moved with his family to Leominster, Massachusetts when he was 5 years old. Diego began his soccer career as a Leominster Youth Soccer player. He continued to play with his town team through 13 years of age.

He played club soccer for FC United (Massachusetts) and FC Greater Boston Bolts, before joining the New England Revolution academy team in 2009. He was State Cup Finalist with FC United 2005 and winners in 2006. He won the state cup with FC Greater Boston Bolts 2008 and 2009. He also played for the Massachusetts Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2006–2009 while being captain from 2008–2009. He was named a 2007–2008 adidas Interregional All-Star as a member of the Region I ODP team. In his debut season he led the Revs' U-16 squad to a 14–7–8 record (50 pts), good for first place in the Northeast division of the US Soccer Development Academy. He scored 20 goals in 30 appearances, tied with Felix Debona for the team lead in goals.

On March 10, 2011, Top Drawer Soccer named Fagúndez their number one ranked player nationally in the class of 2013.[1]

Professional[edit]

On November 15, 2010, Fagúndez was signed to a contract by the New England Revolution.,[2] making him the first ever player from the Revs' youth academy signed by the club. Although on the main club roster, he continues to train with and play for the academy teams and could contribute with the Revolution reserve team.

He made his full professional debut on April 26, 2011, in the Revs' 3–2 victory over D.C. United in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.[3][4] He made his league debut on August 6, 2011, as substitute against Chivas USA and drew a penalty kick (which was converted by Shalrie Joseph) and scored his first goal for New England.

Fagundez for the first time in his career became a regular starter for the New England Revolution in 2013, and he delivered fantastic results as a regular in the first team. Fagundez quickly became one of the MLS's great young talents, and won player of the week honors in week 14 of the 2013 MLS season.

International[edit]

Fagúndez made his debut for Uruguay U20 national team October 2012.[5] He played two games for Uruguay U20 against Peru in that month, the first he entered as a substitute in the 83rd minute, in the second fixture he was brought on in the 45th minute.[6]

In April 2013, he stated that he would be willing to represent either Uruguay or United States at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[7] in Gaziantep, Turkey. However he was not called up by Uruguay and was not eligible for represent U.S. at the time due to not having citizenship.

Personal[edit]

Diego's father, Washington Fagúndez, played professionally in Uruguay as a goalkeeper with Central Español in the 1990s.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Top 100 Boys". Top Drawer Soccer. 
  2. ^ "Revs sign 15-year-old Diego Fagúndez". New England Revolution. 
  3. ^ USOC: New England hold on to tip DC United 3–2
  4. ^ Revs' Fagúndez beaming over professional debut
  5. ^ "Con caras nuevas" (in Spanish). futbol.com.uy. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Amistosos Sub 20". llamaceleste.com. 15 October. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Rojas, John E. (23 April 2013). "MLS: Fagúndez a la espera del sueño Turquía" (in Spanish). goal.com. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 

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