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Get ahead of the curve; start learning more about New England’s Diego Fagundez

Feb 24, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

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When we talk about rising stars in MLS, any smart list will have New England’s Diego Fagundez right at the tippy top.

Fagundez, still just 19, is about to enter his fourth MLS season. And it will be a big one, because the slim attacker will now have to carry the burden of expectations following his breakout season in 2013.

With 13 goals last year, Fagundez wasn’t close to the league scoring leadership. But in some ways his 13 strikes (fifth best in MLS) was as impressive as the higher sums generated by Camilo, Mike Magee, Marco Di Vaio and Robbie Keane, the only MLS men with more goals that Fagundez last year.

Considering that Fagundez didn’t take penalty kicks for his team, like the others, and considering his age, that total is nothing short of outstanding.

That, by the way, was the best total yet for an MLS teenager. (A list that includes Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore and Juan Agudelo.)

So, get yourself ahead of the curve on getting to know the young man who still lives in his parents’ basement. This excellent feature from the Boston Globe is stocking stuffed with great details of this up-and-comers “double life.”

  1. hildezero - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    I wanna believe that Fagundez is better than Camilo. I don’t think he will get as much goals like Camilo, but I think he’s gonna have more goals this season compared to what he had last season.

  2. mvktr2 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Steve (others), where does Fagundez rank on the list of young prospects who have been produced by MLS in the past? Is he the best academy product ever?

    I’ve intently followed MLS for going on 6 years now and believe he’s the best offensive player I’ve seen come from an academy, Agudelo probably being a substantially distant 2nd.

  3. talgrath - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    I’m not so sure that you could call penalty kicks significant here, even the person closest to Fagundez with penalty kicks (Keane) would have 11 if he hadn’t taken a single penalty. Di Vaio took no penalty kicks, so his total without penalty kicks is the same. If Fagundez took and made ever Revolution penalty kick this year, he still wouldn’t match up to Magee who would be 1 up on him; Magee had 22 goals and only 3 out of 4 penalty kicks made for the Chicago fire.

    With all of that out of the way, I am super excited to see Fagundez play this year, I’m hoping he doesn’t suffer under the pressure the way Jack McInerney did last season.

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