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OFFICIAL: Mauro Diaz sold to Shabab Al-Ahli

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Diaz joins the Emirati club effective immediately.

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The last match Mauro played in front of his home fans was on June 9th.
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As previously reported by The Athletic and our Twitter sleuthing, the transfer of Mauro Diaz to the Middle East has been completed, the club confirmed.

Diaz leaves an undoubtedly one of the best to ever don the red, white, and blue in Dallas. Super Mauro’s magical 2016 helped pave the way for FC Dallas to win its first silverware in 19 years. His calming presence on the ball and the way he pulled the strings were a joy to behold when he was clicking. However, his “special” treatment by the coaching staff and his tendency to sit out games with injuries and/or fear of injuries (turf) rubbed many fans the wrong way and they were ready for a fresh start.

Regardless of your perspective on that, Mauro will be missed, and will miss the FC Dallas faithful as well in this farewell video provided by the team:

Diaz’s spot is obviously now up for grabs. Will Paxton Pomykal finally get an extended run of time with the first time or will Santiago Mosquera cement himself as a starter? Will Papi use this as a chance to get away from the 4-2-3-1 and move towards a more permanent 4-4-2 approach? Will FC Dallas bring in reinforcements for the departure of #10 during the summer transfer window? So many questions that we may not get the answer to for a little while longer.