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Revolution’s Diego Fagundez makes Uruguay’s Under-20 team

Revolution’s Diego Fagundez makes Uruguay’s Under-20 team

Posted by Juan Gavasa on January 06, 2015

Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez has been included on the final 23-man roster for Uruguay’s Under-20 national team ahead of the upcoming South American Youth Championships.

Should Fagundez play during the tournament, which runs from Jan. 14 to Feb. 7 in Uruguay, the 19-year old would be barred from ever joining the US national team, despite having lived in the Boston area since he was 5 years old.

Fagundez needed to become a US citizen before he could suit up for the Americans. According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services, naturalization can come to a permanent resident no sooner than five years after receiving a green card. Fagundez received his green card in 2013.

If he plays for La Celeste, Fagundez would become “cap-tied,” meaning he would be unable to make a switch to the American team in 2018 when he is eligible to become a US citizen. Only a player with dual citizenship at the time he played for his first squad could he make a one-time switch to the other national team.

Fagundez had been called into camp with Uruguay’s U-20s on two previous occasions, and had been scrimmaging with the team leading into the final roster trim.

“I am excited for the opportunity to represent Uruguay at the U-20 Championship, and to have the tournament held in the country that I was born makes it that much more special,” Fagundez said. “I will give everything that I have to try and help my team win a championship at home in front of our fans.”

A season after tallying 13 goals and seven assists, Fagundez finished the 2014 MLS campaign tied for second on the Revolution with five goals while chipping in four assists for the Eastern Conference champions.

Unlike his predecessor Gerardo Martino, who indulged Messi, Luis Enrique does not have a reputation for compromise. The former midfielder fell out with Pep Guardiola when playing for Barcelona and in the early stages of his ill-fated tenure as Roma coach, got off on the wrong foot with Francesco Totti, although the pair later settled their differences.

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