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About MLS Player of the Week Diego Fagundez. The answer to your question is, “No, he’s not an American citizen.”

Jun 3, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

New England's Diego Fagundez, only 18 ... but he just finished tied in league scoring with a team-leading 13 goals. Getty Images

The newest “It kids” of Major League Soccer keep getting younger, don’t they?

First it was Jack McInerney, the Philadelphia Union striker who pretty much scores a goal every time somebody asks, “What time is kickoff on Saturday?” He’s 20 years old.

Now, it’s Diego Fagundez, the wonder boy from New England, who just hit a goal in his fourth consecutive MLS match. No wonder he’s Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

Now, with U.S. national team material so fresh in everyone’s mind (Wassup, Germany!), and with important World Cup qualifiers ahead, here’s where everyone is leaning on young Fagundez and his burst into prominence.

They want to know if he’s U.S. national team eligible.

The answer is “no.” Not yet, at least.

Fagundez was born in Uruguay, but moved to a Boston suburb at age 5. He grew up through the American soccer system and signed with the Revs as a Homegrown Player at age 15.

He has appeared for Uruguay’s under-20 team, but that won’t bind him to the South American nation. On the other hand, Fagundez cannot appear for the U.S. national team until he gains citizenship.

He talks about all that a little bit here. Meanwhile, we all wait to see which way this one goes.

  1. joeyt360 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Lol, no, my question was “Who do I write to in the State Department to GET him citizenship?”

    But the real question is whether he has a Green Card, and if so, when did he get it? I believe it takes about 5 years to go from GC to citizenship, so if he’s already gotten it, making the NT at 23 is conceivable, but if he doesn’t, then we can probably forget it forever.

    • randomhookup - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      When he signed, it was noted he would occupy an international slot — so no Green Card at that time. It would be extremely unlikely for him to get one in the interim, because he wouldn’t qualify. He can’t even apply for the Green Card lottery until he finishes high school (I think that will happen this year).

      Without an announcement from the Revs to the contrary, it is very likely Diego does not have a Green Card.

  2. randomhookup - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    So to temper everyone’s enthusiasm… it’s very likely that Diego does not have a Green Card. He needs to hold a GC for at least 5 years (or 3 if he marries an American citizen) before he can apply for citizenship… AND he has to do that while spending at least half of the 5 years *physically* in the US (even if he signs overseas he has to spend time in the US to get the count up to 30 months).

    Plus, it’s not like you just ask and get a Green Card — you have to qualify in some way.

    And he can’t play for a competitive Uruguay squad before he gets US citizenship.

    So, if all those fall into place, he’s ours.

  3. mvktr2 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    This USMNT fan says stick with Uruguay unless you plan to live your life in the US and want to become a US citizen; ie if he feels he’s an ‘american’. However if he wants to do better moneywise and plans on playing soccer elsewhere in the world he’d do well to remain an Uruguayan for tax purposes.

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