It looks like the New England Revolution’s first Homegrown player signing will remain with the team for years to come.
The club announced Wednesday that Diego Fagundez, who turned turned pro as a 15-year-old in 2010 after starring in the New England youth academy, has signed a new, multi-year contract to remain with the Revolution.
“We believe Diego is one of the most promising young players in MLS,” Revolution general manager Mike Burns said in a team release. “We expect his impact in the league to continue to grow and are thrilled he will continue to be an integral part of the club.”
The 20-year-old Leominster, Massachusetts native has recorded 28 goals and 18 assists in 118 regular-season games through five seasons.
Fagundez is coming off a season in which he set a pair of MLS records, becoming the youngest player in league history to score 25 career regular-season goals and make 100 appearances. On June 13, 2015 he made his 100th appearance in a 2-0 win versus the Chicago Fire, and later tallied his 25th career goal in a 1-0 road win against the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 29 at the age of 20 years and 199 days.
In total, he appeared in 30 regular-season games in 2015, starting 19 times while scoring six goals and adding four assists.
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Fagundez became the youngest player ever to appear in a game for the club at the age of 16, scoring in a match against Chivas USA. He signed his first contract extension in March 2013 at the age of 18, and was voted Revolution Most Valuable Player that season after setting career-highs with 13 goals and seven assists.
On the international stage, Fagundez has represented Uruguay at the U-20 level. He last played internationally in January 2015 as a member of the Uruguay U-20 squad that finished third at the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Fagundez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, before moving to Massachusetts as a child.