Fagúndez poses with a fan
|Full name||Diego Santiago Fagúndez Pepe|
|Date of birth||February 14, 1995|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|New England Revolution|
|2009–2010||New England Revolution|
|2011–||New England Revolution||79||(21)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 14, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Diego Santiago Fagúndez Pepe (born February 14, 1995 in Montevideo) is a Uruguayan soccer player who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer. He has held a green card since October 2013.
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 to 2009 while being captain from 2008 to 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.
On November 15, 2010, Fagúndez was signed to a contract by the New England Revolution., making him the first ever player from the Revs' youth academy signed by the club. Although on the main club roster, he continued to train with and played for the academy 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. 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.
Fagúndez made his debut for Uruguay U20 national team October 2012. 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.
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. 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.
Diego's father, Washington Fagúndez, played professionally in Uruguay as a goalkeeper with Central Español in the 1990s. Diego is the godson of former Uruguayan international soccer player and 1995 Copa América winner Diego Dorta, after whom he is named.
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- MLS player profile
- Revolution player profile
- Soccer phenom opts to learn from the pros at Boston Globe
- Profile at WorldFootball
- US Soccer Development Academy