Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez lead the way for the New England Revolution

Posted: June 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
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VANCOUVER, B.C – The New England Revolution have surprised a lot of teams, fans, and media this season with their recent run of play that has included 3 Wins, and 2 Draws in MLS play, and two huge victories over the Rochester Raging Rhinos, and New York Red Bulls in US Open Cup play.

The stingy Revolution have been focused on defense first, and had 4 clean sheets before a 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday at BC Place.

The young Revs are counting on a youth movement to bring them success now, and more importantly down the road when players like Juan Agudelo, Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, and Andrew Farrell are expected to step up and lead the Revolution on and off the pitch.

New England had a terrible 2012 campaign that saw them finish 9-17-8 with only 39 goals scored in 34 games.

If MLS had a relegation, the New England Revolution would have survived the drop zone by 1 point.

Pundits from around North America didn’t see much improvement in the Revs during the offseason leading into the 2013 season, and New England were targeted to finish near or at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings again.

In 2013 the Revs have been led by leading scorer Diego Fagundez. The Uruguayan born, and Massachusetts raised Fagundez is the first New England Revolution home-grown player. His quick attacking style of play has helped him score 5 Goals, and 3 GWG for New England. Fagundez also leads the team in shots on target with 11, and is tied for 2nd on the team with 3 assists. Fagundez talked about being the Revolution’s first home-grown player.

“To me it represents the academy, I came up from their academy so I need to keep working hard and let me know that they can make it. It’s something that I need to represent for them.”

For an MLS player to be leading his team in such important statistics is amazing…. and when you learn that Diego Fagundez just turned 18 on Valentines Day you are more impressed by what he has been able to accomplish. Fagundez had this to say about his quick start to his MLS career.

“I consider everyone the same as me. Age doesn’t matter in this sport if you can play, you can play against older men or whoever. If I can play, I just go right at them and not be scared of trying to do everything I can.”  

One of the players who has helped Fagundez is 20 year-old Juan Agudelo. The Colombian, American striker was recently acquired from Chivas USA on May 7, 2013 and has been a strong presence with the Revolution in his short time with the club.

Agudelo has scored 3 goals in 5 games with the Revolution, and he provides a quick counter-attack that opponents need to keep in check when he’s on the pitch. He scored a brilliant goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps when he raced past two defenders to retrieve a long ball, that he then shot past Brad Knighton.

Agudelo is feeling confident in his new surroundings, and is glad to be back on the East Coast after being traded by the “Goats” last month.

“I was excited to be back on the East Coast, and it came as a surprise but I’m excited to see what I can provide for this team. I came in and felt very welcomed by everybody, my teammates, and I’m enjoying it so far. I’m having a lot of fun. It’s fun to see a lot of people that are excited for me to be in Boston.”

Together Juan Agudelo, and Diego Fagundez create a tandem that has the potential to create nightmares for the opposition for years to come. Both depend on their speed, agility, and acceleration when they get the ball in a dangerous spot. MLS goalkeepers better take notice of what’s unfolding in New England before they’re on the other end of a lopsided score.

The LA Galaxy quickly found out what New England could have in store for years to come as the Revs destroyed the MLS defending champions 5-0 on June, 2nd. Diego Fagundez had a goal, and 2 assists, while Juan Agudelo was shadowed all evening long thus freeing up time, and space for his teammates.

When asked about Fagundez and his strong play this season Agudelo had high praise for the teenager.

“Ummm he’s not that good (Laughs). He’s a great guy, and a great player. He opens up spaces for other players and when he gets chances to score he scores.”  

Although the Revolution play in the shadow of the New England Patriots, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts the team is making great strides and progress in growing a winning team. It won’t be long before the city of Boston gets behind the Revolution like they have with the Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics.

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