Already a five-year veteran of MLS, Diego Fagundez is one of the league’s most dangerous young attacking players. The first-ever Homegrown signing from the Revolution Academy, Fagundez has gone on to become the youngest player in MLS history to appear in 100 games as well as the youngest to score 25 goals, achieving each feat in 2015. The Revs’ MVP in 2013 when he scored a career-high 13 goals, Fagundez has helped bring the Revs to the postseason in each of the past three years while becoming a more well-rounded player that can attack from either flank or through the center of the park. Internationally, Fagundez is tied to Uruguay after representing the nation at the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship, helping his country earn a berth in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
2015: Appeared in 30 games, starting 19 times, tallying six goals and four assists on the season with the Revs going 8-0-1 when he was on the scoresheet. Fagundez recorded his first assist and his first game-winning assist since April 26, 2014 when he set up Teal Bunbury’s goal against Philadelphia on April 19. He scored his first goal of the season off a free kick in the 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy in late May before adding his second strike with a powerful volley against the Chicago Fire on June 13 with a goal that was later voted MLS Goal of the Week. Fagundez, who also recorded an assist against Chicago, became the youngest player in MLS history to make 100 appearances when he started in that game, while he also became the 23rd player in club history to reach 100 appearances. He recorded his third assist of the season with the game-winning assist against NYC FC in mid-July before scoring the game-winner against Philadelphia on August 29 with a goal that saw Fagundez become the youngest player in league history to score 25 goals, while the goal was later nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. He scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game and recorded an assist in the 3-0 win over Orlando City in early September, which also earned him a second consecutive MLS Goal of the Week nomination. That was the first time that Fagundez had scored game-winners in consecutive games since May 2013. He scored for the third game running against Toronto on September 13, with his goal again nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. Three days later, Fagundez tallied for the fourth consecutive game against the New York Red Bulls, finding the net just 62 seconds into the 2-1 win. His four-game goalscoring streak was tied for the second longest in MLS in the 2015 season. Fagundez was named to MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week for Week’s 13, 20, 27 and 28, with his four appearances marking a joint team-high. He started in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round loss to D.C. United, where he started and played the opening 51 minutes before being replaced by Teal Bunbury. Outside of MLS play, Fagundez started in the 1-0 defeat to the Charlotte Independence in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup.
2014: Made 31 appearances, including 25 starts: 22 on the left side of midfield, two on the right side of midfield and one in central midfield. Scored five goals, including one game-winner, and added four assists on the season, which left him second on the club in goals and tied with three others for third in assists. Scored twice against Seattle (May 11) for his first career multi-goal game. Added a goal and an assist at Philadelphia (May 17) before scoring the game-winner and adding an assist against D.C. United (May 24). Scored his final goal of the season against Chicago (Sept. 7). Added the game-winning assist against Kansas City (April 26) and recorded a further assist against Portland (Aug. 16). Became the youngest Homegrown Player in MLS history to reach 75 career appearances when he did so at LA (July 16) at 19 years, 5 months and 2 days; bested Andy Najar’s previous mark of 19 years, 5 months and 13 days. Started each of the first 18 games of the season, but came off the bench in four of the next eight. Returned to the starting lineup against Chicago (Sept. 7) and scored his first goal since May 24 – the goal broke a 14-game stretch without a goal, the longest of his MLS career. Made his first start in over a month against Toronto (Oct. 25). Did not make an appearance during the MLS Cup Playoffs, but was an unused substitute in all five games. Made two appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, starting at right midfield at Richmond (June 18) in the fourth round and coming on as a halftime substitute at Philadelphia (July 8) in the quarterfinals.
2013: Voted 2013 Revolution Most Valuable Player by the club’s fans, Fagundez scored 13 goals and added seven assist in 31 games, starting 28 times. His 13 goals were the fifth most in MLS while his five game-winning goals were tied for third in the league. Fagundez scored his first goal of the season and his first game-winner on April 27, tallying in a 2-0 win over Philadelphia. He was back on the scoresheet on May 11 against New York, starting a run of four straight games with a goal, including a goal and two assists in a 5-0 home win over the LA Galaxy on June 2, earning Fagundez the MLS Player of the Week award. That was the first multi-assist game of Fagundez’s MLS career and thee first of those assists was the game-winner, the first of three on the season for him. He added assists on June 15 and June 29 before scoring in consecutive Revolution road wins in late July, scoring in stoppage time of a 2-0 win over Columbus on July 20 and then tallying the game-winner in a 2-1 win over D.C. United. Fagundez had a goal or an assist in seven of his final 10 games of the season, tallying six goals and three assists in that time, including a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia on Aug. 25. On Sept. 8, Fagundez became the youngest player in MLS history to score 10 or more goals in a season, scoring his 10th in a 4-2 home loss to Montreal. The Revs finished the regular season with a 9-1-3 record when Fagundez scored a goal. Fagundez made his MLS Cup Playoff debut in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Sporting Kansas City, playing the full 210 minutes of that series. He also started and played 76 minutes in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal defeat to D.C. United.
2012: Made 20 regular-season appearances, starting eight times and recording two goals and two assists. Fagundez made his season debut on March 17 at Kansas City and his first start came just over three months later on June 23 away to Toronto FC. He scored his first goal of the season a week later, tallying a 94th minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw with Seattle. Fagundez was back on the scoresheet on Sept. 5, setting up the game-winning goal in a 2-0 home win over Columbus and then adding another assist in his next game, at D.C. United on Sept. 15. In the Revs’ regular season home finale, Fagundez scored his second goal of the season and the first game-winner of his career, scoring the only goal of a 1-0 win at home over Chicago. In the U.S. Open Cup, Fagundez started the club’s Third Round loss to Harrisburg City but was sent off in the 34th minute. Fagundez also made nine Reserve League appearances for the Revs, tallying one assist.
2011: In his first season with the club, Fagundez appeared in six league games, starting three and tallying two goals and an assist. He made his professional debut on April 26 in a U.S. Open Cup Play-In Game against D.C. United, coming on as a second-half substitute. That was the first of his two appearances in the tournament as he also came on in the second half of a loss to Kansas City a month later, a loss that knocked the Revs out of the Open Cup. Fagundez was included in the Revs’ 18-man gameday squad for the first time on July 20 at D.C. United and made his MLS debut a week later, coming on in the second half of a 3-2 loss to Chivas USA on Aug. 6. He entered the game in the 66th minute and scored 20 minutes later, becoming the youngest player in club history to appear in a game and to score a goal, doing so at 16 years, 173 days old. Fagundez was credited with the first assist of his MLS career on Sept. 25, setting up a Ryan Guy goal in a 3-2 loss away to Chicago. On Oct. 1, Fagundez made his first-ever start for the club and scored his second goal, giving the Revs a 1-0 lead over Seattle at Gillette Stadium. Fagundez also made nine appearances in the MLS Reserve League, scoring once and adding a team-best four assists, while also being an unused substitute for the Revs’ summer friendly against Manchester United.
Fagundez spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season with the Revolution Academy, and he was named a U-15/U-16 National Starting XI performer in each of those seasons. In 55 appearances with the Academy, Fagundez scored 42 goals and added 25 assists while splitting time between the Under-16 and Under-18 teams. His most impressive feats include a four-goal performance against Everton FC Westchester in November 2010, while he tallied twice against Sporting Kansas City a month later in the Winter Showcase. Fagundez made his debut for the U-18s against PA Classics on March 12, 2011, and he played a hand in all four of his side’s goals, scoring twice and recording two assists in a 4-3 win. He tallied two goals and three assists – all in the first half – against South Central Premier in June 2011, before scoring four goals for the U-16s at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs later that month.
URUGUAY NATIONAL TEAM
Fagundez chose to represent Uruguay and was a part of the team that played in the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship, which were held in January 2015 in Uruguay. He started two games in that competition and made a total of four appearances, helping Uruguay to a third place finish and a berth in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games. Fagundez was first called into camp with the Uruguay U-20s for a training camp in Montevideo in October 2012, playing in a pair of friendlies Oct. 9 and Oct. 11 in friendlies during the camp
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
Fagundez spent time with the U.S. Under-14 National Team from 2008-09 and was called into the Under-15 squad in 2010.