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Fagundez Reflects on Milestone

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

It’s fair to say that Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez has come a long way from the days in which he scribbled down how many goals he scored in a notebook while starring with the Revolution Youth Academy.

On Saturday, the 20-year-old midfielder became the youngest player in MLS history to score 25 career goals in a 1-0 win over the Union.

The historic strike bested the previous record set by Eddie Gaven, who reached the quarter-century mark 353 days after his 20th birthday, while Fagundez did it 196 days after he turned 20.

“It’s something great, it’s something you can add to your career,” Fagundez the media after the match. “But there’s still a lot more. Still a lot more learning – I just have to keep playing the way I’ve been playing. Hopefully more things come my way.”

Fagundez reached the milestone in the 50th minute of Saturday’s match after he took a Charlie Davies pass, dribbled toward the center of the area, and slotted it past the dive of Andre Blake to give the Revolution the only goal they’d need.

“Chris (Tierney) threw it to Charlie, and Charlie just had to do his job and lay it off to me,” Fagundez said. “I just went for the one-on-one.”

But the Leominster, Mass. resident has never been one to dwell too long on personal achievements – at least publicly – since making his MLS debut as a 16-year-old high school sophomore back in 2011.

While he was happy to acknowledge the scoring milestone, Fagundez appeared to be happier with the spoils that came from the defensive stand he and his teammates put together at PPL Park on Saturday.

“To tell you the truth, the work that we’re all putting in is the best thing we’ve had,” Fagundez said. “I think we’re all staying (together) as a group, and we’re all defending, and that’s what’s winning the games right now.”

Saturday’s win extended the Revolution’s unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1), putting them in the same position they found themselves in last year when they reeled off a 7-1-1 mark down the stretch to catapult them to the brink of an MLS title.

“I think if we keep doing it this way – the way we’ve been playing – (with) everyone working hard defensively, and putting in their work,” Fagundez said, “I think we’ll definitely be strong, and we can go far.”

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