Per a team press release this morning, the New England Revolution have signed forward/midfielder Diego Fagundez to a multi-year contract extension. As usual, further details of the deal are not being released.
"We're pleased that Diego has made the commitment to remain in New England," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. "While he's only 18, we believe he has a very bright future with our club and in Major League Soccer."
Since signing his initial pro deal at age 15 back in 2011, Diego has made 27 MLS appearances, including 11 starts. He's scored four goals and notched three assists over the last two seasons, and became the second-youngest player in MLS history to score a goal when he marked his professional debut with a goal against Chivas USA on August 6th, 2011.
Getting this deal further cements Fagundez's place in the Revolution squad, both now and in the future. I think we can all agree that he's ready to accept more responsibility in 2013, and it looks like Jay Heaps feels the same way. Despite the increase in competition both at striker and in midfield, I fully expect to see Diego improve upon his 20 appearances last season, most of which were as a late-game substitute.
This move also puts the Revolution and the league in a good position to control how much they can benefit from Diego's future. His potential is such that many people expect him to eventually leave MLS for parts overseas; by locking him up, they increase their chances of being able to negotiate a good fee for his departure instead of watching him walk for free.
Excited to see Diego get this deal? Let us know in the comments!