The New England Revolution employs two of the most successful homegrown players since the program’s inception in Diego Fagundez and Scott Caldwell, but neither player will be participating in the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game. The omissions of Fagundez and Caldwell shouldn’t be viewed as snubs since team officials decided not to push for their inclusion.
The Revolution have an active summer schedule as they are booked to play six games between now and the All-Star break. Fagundez has been a consistent starter this year while Caldwell has received significant minutes, largely off the bench. Asking these players to participate in a full slate of league games, which includes cross country travel, and the Homegrown Game would be a lot. With Fagundez and Caldwell not partaking in the event, they will be fully focused on league play.
It should be noted that Fagundez remains in contention for the MLS All-Star Game, which will take place on August 6th. Fagundez had a breakout year in 2013 as he amassed a team-leading 13 goals along with seven assists. The teenager has only collected four goals and three assists so far this season, but his dynamic play and overall potential could led to him being named to the roster that will face Bayern Munich.
Fagundez and Caldwell aren’t the only big names that won’t be at the Homegrown Game as Bill Hamid, Kevin Ellis and Ethan White aren’t on the list. New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga is another player that won’t make the trip. This name is significant for the Revs as they will travel down to New Jersey to face the Red Bulls on August 2nd, which is two days before the Homegrown Game. Miazga has become a regular fixture for the Red Bulls and should be available for the pre-break showdown.
While the Revs won’t have any participates in the Homegrown Game, there will certainly be some stars on display. The showcase will feature names like World Cup veteran DeAndre Yedlin, Rookie of the Year candidate Harry Shipp and gifted midfielder Wil Trapp. The event should be a great way of highlighting some of the promising young talent that could someday play for the national team.
The game will kickoff on Monday, August 4th at 10 pm ET. People that are interested in watching the homegrowns play the Portland Timbers U-23s can tune in on WatchESPN or MLSSoccer.com