The agony and heartbreak of losing a championship game will sit with the New England Revolution players for a long time, but for some, life goes on a little faster than others.
Diego Fagundez was called up to the Uruguay U-20 National Team on Friday to prepare for the upcoming South American U-20 Championships. He joins 26 other young Uruguayans on the preliminary roster, which will need to be cut to 23 in time for the tournament.
It's probably a welcome development for the fourth-year winger, who saw his playing time dry up in the second half of the season. In fact, he was mostly absent for the Revolution's red-hot run into the playoffs and all the way to the MLS Cup Final, just one year removed from a breakout 2013 season where he scored 13 goals and tallied 7 assists.
"It's going to help me because I'm not playing much here and I'd love to go and enjoy it," Fagundez told FutbolMLS.com at Revs training on Saturday at StubHub Center. "Three or four months ago they told me that they wanted me to be there. We have to keep working and I have to be ready."
Fagundez did not feature for the Revs in the Cup Final loss on Sunday in Carson. As the offseason shapes up, he'll be looking to reclaim his role as one of the league's brightest and most exciting young stars, and perhaps this call-up is the spark he needs to make it happen.
There has also been talk of Fagundez joining the United States youth set-up, but he will need to become an American citizen, first. At this time, Fagundez is a Permanent Resident.