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Bruce Arena: “Diego is close but we have made a decision to go with other players”

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It has been a while since New England Revolution fans have seen Diego Fagundez play and Bruce Arena was asked about his absence on Tuesday

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New England Revolution fans have noticed that one player hasn’t been on the field in a while. What on Earth has happened to Diego Fagundez?

The last time that Fagundez has been on the field was at the end of October. The midfielder played 63 minutes in New England’s 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls. Then we saw Fagundez spend time on the bench as an unused sub in the last two matches of the regular season.

Since then Fagundez has not cracked the matchday roster. This comes on the heels of a source telling The Bent Musket that Fagundez has received offers from Liga MX, La Liga, other MLS clubs, as well as a contract extension from New England.

After New England’s play-in victory over the Montreal Impact, Arena was asked about Fagundez and called it a “Coach’s decision.”

On Tuesday, Fagundez was once again asked about the decision to keep Fagundez out of the lineup and used the same verbiage along with saying, “When I look at the options we have for each game, Diego [Fagundez] is close but we made a decision to go with other players. We haven’t made a decision this week as to what our roster will look like on Sunday.”

What is interesting about Fagundez’s latest absence from the lineup is that the Revolution were short a man on the bench. Brandon Bye was able to play, but they were still missing Alexander Buttner who contracted COVID-19.

After not making another appearance in the regular season, the Revolution Academy product is tied with Sharlie Joseph for the most appearances in club history. With Fagundez continuing to be left out of the lineup, one has to wonder if he will ever get a chance to break that record?

Revolution fans will be paying attention to the lineup announcement on Sunday afternoon as New England faces off against the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Finals for a chance to make their first appearance in the MLS Cup Finals since 2014.