A week ago their were rumors that several Serie A teams were interested in bringing 20 year-old Diego Fagundez to Italy. While the rumors were likely untrue, perhaps the New England Revolution decided to take no chances on their first ever homegrown player.
Per Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe, who's never wrong about these things and the team has now confirmed on their website, the Revs have signed Fagundez to a multi-year contract extension. Per team and league policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Though the specific salary details were not announced, Dell'Apa says it is a three-year years plus a fourth option year. Fagundez made $125,000 in base salary and $152,200 in "guaranteed compensation" last season, according to the MLS Players Union.
"We believe Diego is one of the most promising young players in MLS," said Revolution General Manager Mike Burns in the team's press release. "We expect his impact in the League to continue to grow and are thrilled he will continue to be an integral part of the club."
The Leominster, Mass., native signed as a homegrown player at the age of 15 back in 2010 and made his professional debut during the 2011 season. He had a career year in 2013, playing in 31 games while making 28 starts and leading the team with 13 goals and adding 7 assists. He scored in four straight games for the Revolution from August 29, 2015 to September 19 to help the Revs to a six-game winning streak. Fagundez has 28 goals and 18 assists in 118 career appearances. Fagundez is the youngest player in MLS history to score 25 goals as well as make 100 MLS appearances.
This is another solid move for the Revolution who have also locked up Chris Tierney to a long term deal this offseason. The young core of the Revolution have made the playoffs three consecutive years and keeping Fagundez long term can only help continue that trend of success.