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.