There’s something about young talent that really gets some soccer fans excited, especially in the US. It’s the potential of what they, and by extension American soccer as a whole, might become if everything goes right.
Those people will have been very pleased this weekend as five different players under the age of 20 found the net for MLS clubs. And while he might not be quite as precocious as Real Madrid’s new signing, Diego Fagundez probably put in the most impressive performance by any of the goalscoring youngsters.
Coming in with his team down 2-0 to Chivas USA in the 66th minute, Fagundez made an instant impact, his penetrating run drawing a foul and thus a penalty, which Shalrie Joseph converted. Then after his team gave up another goal, he stepped up and finished a Kevin Alston long ball to bring the scoreline back to 3-2. Had he been given another 20 minutes, the Revolution might have won. Okay, maybe that’s a bit far fetched. Most likely, they would have given up another three as well. But Fagundez was definitely fantastic, and did we mention it was his MLS debut? And he’s only 16? Yeah…
Now we just have to see if Jurgen Klinsmann can convince the Uruguayan-born Fagundez to don the stars and stripes.