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Fagundez makes fast impression

Everything has moved quickly for Diego Fagundez. Signed last fall as a 15-year-old to a homegrown contract, Fagundez first got a chance to train with the New England Revolution over Easter vacation. And after three days, Revs coach Steve Nicol decided the Uruguayan-born midfielder was ready to travel with the team.

Fagundez had to get permission from the principal at Leominster (Mass.) High School to miss school, and he came on as a substitute for former French international Ousmane Dabo -- himself making his Revs' debut -- in the 76th minute of their 3-2 win over D.C. United in the U.S. Open Cup in Boyd, Md.

“When I got back to school, it was a little different,’’ Fagundez said. “Everyone was talking about me while I was gone, and it was fun to be back. They wanted to know how it had been and they wanted to know, if I scored, what I would have done. I really don’t know what I would have done. I would have been surprised.’’

He came close, though, missing by inches on a shot to the bottom corner. Nicol plans on taking Fagundez with the Revs for the third round of the MLS play-in series at Sporting Kansas City on May 25. Otherwise, school will come first for Fagundez, who will work out with New England's academy team until school gets out in June.

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