Friday, nineteen year-old New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez was called up into the Uruguay Under-20 team by head coach Fabian Coito. Fagundez is eligible because he was born in Uruguay, although he has lived in the United States for most of his life.
Fagundez scored 13 goals for New England in 2013, making him the youngest player ever to score more than 10 goals in an MLS season.
Fagundez will travel with Uruguay to Lima, Peru, on Sunday, August 3, for a pair of friendlies against Peru on Monday, August 4 and Wednesday, August 6. He is expected to re-join the Revs on Friday, August 8.
This is the second time Fagundez has been called in by the Uruguay Under-20 team. He also spent a week in camp with the U20s in October 2012.
Fagundez, 19, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and moved to the U.S. when he was five years-old and is a U.S. permanent resident. Fagundez grew up playing for various youth teams in Massachusetts before entering the Revolution's youth academy. He is in his fourth professional season with the Revolution, having signed as a Homegrown player in November 2010. Fagundez has made 78 appearances in New England, scoring 21 goals and adding 13 assists.
Fagundez is not eligible to play for the USA because he is not a citizen. Fagundez recently received his Green Card, which gives him permanent residency status, but also requires a five-year wait to attain citizenship (unless he marries a citizen, in which case it is a three-year wait). But the Green Card status has residency requirements during the five-year waiting period which could factor if Fagundez accepts a contract to play overseas.