FOXBORO – For one night Diego Fagundez will get to be a regular teenager again.
The 18-year-old signed with the New England Revolution when he was only 15, transforming his life from a student at Leominster High School (MA) to a forward for a Major League Soccer club.
The hectic schedule which has pulled him away from so many events has given him a break. On Saturday he will attend his girlfriend’s prom at Leominster High during the Revs bye week.
“I missed everything,” Fagundez said. “I don't remember my friends anymore (laughs). It's exciting because you wouldn't think a professional would have the chance to go to prom.”
Fagundez attended the high school as a freshman and left last year to be student tutored. This season he is completing both his junior and senior years by taking night classes at Fitchburg High School.
He didn’t expect he would have the opportunity to enjoy a prom. Fagundez has been dating his girlfriend for two years and thought this special occasion would be another one he would have to skip.
“(I am most looking forward to) going with my girlfriend and enjoying it,” he said. “I've missed a lot of stuff with her, either going and playing with the academy or a national team. I've never got the chance to go to a dance with her. I guess it's pretty exciting now.”
Fagundez recently shopped for a tux for the first time, opting for gray over his original choice of white. He said his teammates were hyped up about his upcoming night.
"A lot of them were excited," he said. "The first thing A.J. (Soares) said was, 'Let's go get a suit.' He was really nice about it. When I showed him he said it looked nice."
Fagundez admits he isn’t much of a dancer and doesn’t have a specific song he wants to hit the floor to. He will spend the night catching up with old friends and simply being a teenager for a few hours.
“I'm going to be Diego the teenager going to the prom,” he said. “That's something I like about my school. They don't really judge me, they don't really think that I'm a soccer player. It's just regular Diego Fagundez.”