Latino del Año 2013: New England's Diego Fagundez headlines Group C

As FutbolMLS.com continues to reveal the groups for Latino del Año 2013, it's the nominees from Group C's turn.

Young Uruguayan sensation Diego Fagúndez will face a tough battle against Central American stars Jaime Penedo and Víctor Bernárdez, alongside the other young player in the group, Colombian Olmes García.

MLSsoccer.com and FutbolMLS.com editors selected 32 Latino players that made an impact throughout the 2013 MLS regular season, including winners of FutbolMLS.com’s weekly contest, Latino de la Jornada, and a draw was held to divide the players in eight groups of four players each.

Here are the nominees from Group C:

GRUPO C

Player

 

Diego Fagúndez
F, NE Revolution

For many, he was the revelation of the 2013 regular season, helping to carry New England on his shoulders and into the playoffs despite his 18 years. Fagundez played 31 of the 34 games from the Revs this season (28 of them starts) and had a record of 13 goals and seven assists.

Jaime Penedo
GK, LA Galaxy

After a sensational 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Penedo came to reinforce LA Galaxy's goal, which saw many hardships before his arrival, and assumed the role with great leadership.

The Panamanian international immediately improved his new club's defense, with over 20 spectacular saves in just nine games with LA, coming at a good time for the playoffs, and many consider him as a candidate for the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

Víctor Bernárdez
D, SJ Earthquakes

While his team failed to return to the playoffs, Bernárdez has excelled in his second season as a starter in San Jose, imposing his undisputed temperament and strength for the Northern Californian club's backline. "Muma" played 25 games this season for the Quakes and registered one goal and one assist.

Olmes García
F, Real Salt Lake

The tiny Colombian striker was not in the starting lineup regularly for RSL, but he always stood out for making a difference every time Jason Kreis required his services. He played in 24 games (eight starts) and had five goals and four assists, while receiving the honors as the FutbolMLS.com's Latino de la Jornada 15.

Created in 2010, Latino del Año is FutbolMLS.com's annual contest to select the best Latin American Player in MLS based on fan voting.

The contest is held at the end of each MLS regular season, consisting of three weeks of voting by fans who determine which players advance to each round until a winner is chosen.

2013 Latino del Año Schedule
October 28-31 – Latino del Año groups announced
November 4 – Online voting process opens for group stage
November 7 – Group stage winners announced & online voting opens for Round of 16
November 11 – Round of 16 winners announced & online voting opens for Quarterfinals
November 14 – Quaterfinal winners announced & online voting opens for the Final
Novermber 18 – 2013 Latino del Año winner announced.