Diego Fagundez is one step closer to being tied to the Uruguay National Team after being named to the 23-man roster that will hope to qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup being held in New Zealand.
Fagundez was one of 27 players called in by head coach Fabian Coito ahead of the South American Youth Championship, which will be held from January 14-February 7. The New England Revolution midfielder performed well in camp, scoring two goals in four friendlies. Coito named his final roster on Saturday, which included Fagundez.
The inclusion of Fagundez is significant because playing in the tournament would seal the teenager's international future. While Fagundez has long lived in the United States, he only obtained permanent resident status in October of 2014. Since he isn't currently a US citizen, representing Uruguay in an official international game would tie him to that country.
Fagundez has always been coy about his international prospects, saying it would be a honor to represent both Uruguay and the United States. It appears, however, that Fagundez is set to declare allegiance to his birth country.