Fagundez ready to build on stellar rookie year

Fagundez ready to build on stellar rookie year
March 8, 2014, 9:30 pm
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(USA TODAY Sports)

Last year, most 18-year-olds were wrapping up high school, thinking about summer jobs or college applications, and busy being kids. 

Diego Fagundez, however, was busy bursting on the MLS scene, leading the Revs with 13 goals in his rookie campaign. 

"I wanted to go out there and be playing every game and not sitting on the bench," says Fagundez. "I think 2013 showed all the hard work that I did."

His coach, Jay Heaps, was impressed with what Fagundez was able to accomplish at such a young age. 

"Diego is someone early in the year we asked a lot of him... [he] always found a way onto the field and he continued to play well whenever he got the opportunity."

His teammates say the young phenom doesn't carry himself like a teenager.

"I thought for his age he was very mature," says Saer Sene. "He was learning, he was very confident in his game."

To score 13 goals as a rookie is an impressive feat in and of itself, but Fagundez showed a remarkable knack for scoring in the clutch.

"When you have a 17-18 year old kid push for a spot every week, it shows how good he can be," says Heaps. "As the season went on, he got more confidence and he kept having big moments because he was changing the game at the right time."

The Revolution and their fans can't wait to see what Fagundez has in store this year.