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Diego Fagundez Starts for Uruguay U20s, Loses US Eligibility

Diego Fagundez recent form with the Uruguay under-20 team earned him a call up for the 2015 South American Youth Championship where he started for his birth country in a 1-0 win against Colombia.

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The mystery of Diego Fagundez's international soccer career is now over.

Fagundez started and played 65 minutes today for the Uruguay under-20 team in the 2015 South American Youth Championship (Campeonato Sudamericano Sub-20) as they defeated Colombia 1-0 on a stoppage time winner by midfielder Mauro Arambarry.

Since Fagundez has suited up for Uruguay in an official competition rather than a friendly, this tournament serves as CONEMBOL's Olympic qualifier, and since he is not a United States citizen he is not eligible to make a one time switch through FIFA.

Fagundez mentioned the lack of interest of the USMNT in an article last month from Frank Dell'apa on ESPN FC, and would be unlikely to receive US citizenship until 2018, five years after gaining his green card as a permanent resident.

While New England Revolution fans will miss out on a chance to see their first homegrown player suit up for the USA, Fagundez's form in the last few weeks with the Uruguay U20s has been staggering, netting a total of four assists and one goal in friendlies against club sides Colonia and Canelones.

At the very least, it great experience for Fagundez who slumped in 2014 and lost his starting role late in the year and the Revs MLS Cup Final run after a breakout season in 2013 campaign with 13 goals and 7 assists.

Hopefully New England fans will be able to remind Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT about their local wonder kid who got away.