Sweeney: Despite criticism, Diego Fagundez settling into the No. 10 role nicely

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There has been plenty of criticism levied, both in the comments section of this publication as well as on the hashtag, toward Revolution manager Brad Friedel’s choice of central attacking midfielder Diego Fagundez through the first three months of the season. Some of this criticism is warranted, especially after a series of giveaways by DF14 in a recent match. It happens.

Not to be outdone, there is a small segment of Revs Colony who believe midfielder Kelyn Rowe should be the No. 10 while Fagundez retains his spot out on the left, the position he has played since he signed with the club in 2011; some are not convinced Fagundez is Lee Nguyen’s heir, nor that Nguyen should have been transferred out of Foxborough in the first place.

However, with his play during Saturday’s 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls, Fagundez managed to set aside the ballyhooing and the gripes, if only for the time being, and further entrenched himself in the coveted role: the Leominster resident and new daddy scored his first goal in two months Saturday, and even snapped ankles and turned heads to go along with it.