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Report: De La Fuente to remain with Barcelona B for promotion playoffs

Konrad De La Fuente will reportedly remain with Barcelona’s B team for the near future.

Barcelona B will compete in the Segunda Division B playoffs once dates are determined and De La Fuente will stay with the team, according to Marca. De La Fuente has played most of this domestic season with Barcelona’s Under-19 team, but was promoted to the second team prior to the postponement of the season.

Six Barcelona B players including rising prospect Ansu Fati have all trained with Quique Setien’s first team since the first team returned to training. With those six players remaining with the first team, it allows De La Fuente and five others to jump up to the second team.

De La Fuente has made three appearances with Barcelona B this season, scoring a game-winning goal before also earning a call-up to train with the Barcelona first team. He’s also recorded five goals and two assists in 18 combined appearances with Barca’s U-19 team, featuring in the UEFA Youth League and league action.

The 18-year-old hasn’t only risen up the ranks with the Catalan club, but also internationally with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Still waiting for his senior call up, De La Fuente represented the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

He’s made nine appearances for the U-20’s, scoring one goal. In total, De La Fuente has made 24 combined appearances at the USMNT youth ranks, scoring six goals.

In Group 3, Barcelona B finished third with 49 points from 28 matches. The club cannot earn promotion to La Liga, but can jump up as high as the Segunda Division (second tier of Spanish Football).


    • Reserve teams are in the second division in Portugal and Netherlands. I’m not sure if there is a rule against in Germany but most don’t make it out of the 4th Division or last two long in the 3rd.

      • 3.Liga is the ceiling for German reserves.
        as you know, Bayern’s there this season.
        Bremen II was the last before that. (3.Liga from 2015- 2018).
        and not only that, but there’s a one level buffer between German squads.
        for instance: if Bremen II is in 3.Liga and Bremen 1 gets relegated to Bund 2- then Bremen II automatically gets relegated to Regionalliga- even if they were to finish at the top of the 3.Liga table

      • Do you suppose that has something to do with the stability of clubs in these lower leagues. Especially in Spain and Portugal it doesn’t seem uncommon for lower clubs to go bankrupt, so allowing reserve teams in adds stability to lower leagues.

      • maybe. hadn’t thought about that perspective.
        i think it’s mostly about how those federations view what’s most beneficial for development.
        i gotta say.. as a fan of players rather than teams, i prefer it when reserves are part of the pyramid.
        as opposed to u23s being your reserves, and existing outside of the pyramid entirely- like it is in England.
        too many guys get stuck in EPL/Championship reserve squads with limited exposure or vertical leverage.

  1. Four appearances for Barca B
    12/1 Valencia 12 mins
    12/15 Nucia 70 mins
    2/2 Prat 9 mins 1 goal
    2/9 Villencia B 21 mins


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