Aug. 6, 2011 – Diego Fagundez youngest scorer at Gillette Stadium. Revolution 2:3 Chivas USA (Att.: 11,523)
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Diego Fagundez (b. Feb. 14, 1995) had played in two U.S. Open Cup road matches before making his MLS debut for the New England Revolution. Fagundez replaced Zach Schilawski in the 66th minute, earned a penalty kick less than two minutes later (Shalrie Joseph converted a team-record 10th PK), then his 86th-minute goal concluded the scoring.
“We wanted to get a spark,” Revolution coach Steve Nicol said after the game. “We had thoughts of playing him at some stage. He’s been doing great in training and you can just see his enthusiasm, he’s got a footballer’s brain. He did a fantastic job, he gets the penalty, he gets the goal.”
Fagundez signed a contract Nov. 15, 2010, then made his first Revolution appearance as a substitute for Ousmane Dabo in a 3-2 win over D.C. United in a U.S. Open Cup match in Boyds, Md., on April 26, 2011. Fagundez made his first Revolution start alongside 22-year-old current Atlas Guadalajara striker Milton Caraglio (probably the youngest starting forward pairing in Revolution history) in a 2-1 loss to Seattle on Oct. 1, 2011.
The previous youngest scorer at Gillette was Canada’s Kara Lang (Romero/16 years, 11 months) in a 3-1 win over Japan in the 2003 Women’s World Cup.
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