It is a deal we've been waiting a few weeks for here. FC Dallas announced on Wednesday that they have officially signed 22-year old attacking midfielder from Argentina, Mauro Diaz.
No official word as to whether or not Diaz will be available for this weekend's game against Montreal but given that they are still waiting on his ITC documents, it looks doubtful. He should however be ready to go by next weekend's friendly against Stoke City.Díaz made his debut for famed Argentine side River Plate as a 17-year-old on Sept. 21, 2008. The attacking midfielder scored three goals in 53 appearances for the Argentine first division team before being loaned to Chilean first division side Unión Española for the 2012 season.
While with Unión Española, Díaz played a total of 41 matches, 26 of which were starts. The 22-year-old scored five goals and had seven assists during his time in Chile. Díaz returned to River Plate following the loan, starting twice during the 2013 Torneo Inicial.
"Mauro Diaz is a young prospect who fits the profile FC Dallas was looking to add," said FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo. "We're excited to see how he will complement an already very talented offensive lineup as we head into the second half of the season with the goal of winning the MLS Cup."
The release from the club also doesn't state what kind of deal that he signed with the team. Sources to BigDSoccer state that it will be a three and a half year deal and likely a Young Designated Players tag too. The press release did not mention DP so it is indeed possible that they were able to negotiate a deal that didn't involve a DP tag.
Either way, Diaz is a big get for this club in my book. I view him as a guy that the club is going to groom into as the next David Ferreira. Yes, I said it, the next Ferreira. That is the goal at least. On a long term deal, it makes sense for the club to reach for the stars in that manner.
Now for some highlights: