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Fagundez Makes Second Start For Uruguay U20s in Loss to Venezuela

The Revs midfielder featured in his second game as Uruguay advanced to the final round at the South American Youth Championship.

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Having already assured themselves a place in the final round of qualifying at the 2015 Campeonato Sudamericano Sub-20, Uruguay rotated their squad and gave New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez his second start of the tournament.

However, it was winless Venezuela who got on the scoreboard first through Jaime Moreno in the 27th minute but a second half red card to Luis Jimenez Vivas for his second yellow left Venezuela to finish the match with 10-men. Fagundez was subbed off in the 74th minute for Jaime Baez, Uruguay's last substitution of the game.

Despite the loss, Uruguay finished atop Group B with a 3-1 record on 9 points, advancing to the final group which will consist of hosts Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru. The six teams will meet in a round-robin to decide qualification for the 2015 U20 World Cup, the 2016 Summer Olympics, the 2015 Pan American Games.

The top finisher, excluding hosts Brazil, will qualify for the Olympics with the next best finisher entered into a playoff against a CONCACAF team. The top four finishers will qualify for the U20 World Cup and the 3rd-6th finishers will play in the Pan American Games.

Uruguay's first match of the final group will be January 26th against Brazil, a team they beat 2-0 in the initial group stage.