We want to send out our congratulations to Diego on this milestone accomplishment in his life. Soccer can be fleeting, and a bad tackle tomorrow can take it away forever, but education is what sets the foundation for your entire life. Good for him.
You know what else is noteworthy about his graduation? There aren't a lot of high school kids out there who have been making a salary that could provide for a budding family while still in high school and living with their parents. Diego signed a contract for $53,500 as a freshman, and now, as a graduating senior, makes $137,200. Can you imagine what you would do with all that money when you were 19 and had no bills or debt?
Let's talk about some other things that set Diego apart from the Class of 2014:
- Scored his first goal at age 16 in his MLS debut
- Last season he was named MLS' fifth-best player under the age of 24. He was 18.
- Appeared on a special-edition cover of FIFA 14
- Was the 2013 MVP of a professional sports team
- In 2013, he became the MLS all-time leading teenage goalscorer, a record he continues to expand this season (currently at 21 career goals)