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Fagundez Gets Uruguay U-20 Call, Bengtson Set for WCQs

Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez was called into Uruguay’s U-20 squad on Thursday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

It appears Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez is one step closer to making a decision on his international future.

On Thursday, the Revolution Homegrown Player was called up by Uruguay U-20 National Team head coach Juan Verzeri for a pair of friendlies against Chile’s U20s on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 11.

Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Fagundez, who was born in Uruguay before moving to the United States when he was five years old, appeared non-committal on his international allegiance.

He played as a member of the U.S. Under-14 National Team from 2008-2009 and was also called into camp with the U.S. Boys Under-15 squad in 2010.

But after he became the second-youngest player in MLS history to sign a professional contract at age 15, questions swirled whether he would continue with the U.S. youth program or join the Uruguayan youth teams instead.

Since joining the Revolution first team in the 2010 offseason, the 17-year-old has scored three goals and added three assists in 23 games over two professional seasons.

Fagundez is one of two Revolution players who received National Team callups on Thursday. Forward Jerry Bengtson received a call from Honduras for two FIFA World Cup Qualifier matches against Panama on Friday, Oct. 12, in Panama City, and Canada on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Both will depart following the Revolution’s Oct. 7 game against Philadelphia. Neither player is expected to miss any MLS action as a result of their call-ups.


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