Rafael Diaz

Rafael Diaz
Rafael Diaz
Rafael Diaz
Real Name: Rafael Diaz
HT: 6' 0" WT: 160
Age: 25 (10/08/1991)
Hometown: Rockaway, NJ

WHAT COACHES SAY: Has a lot of upside … Posses the physical tools, athletic ability, can make the big game changing saves... very coachable, has gotten better with commanding his box and reading the game but still needs to get better... top 2 or 3 goalkeeper in the nation... Very quick and alert, needs to improve more on crosses, can be pro needs more experience to be a #1 though, like his distribution ... PDL with Brooklyn Americans, and has trained with the Cosmos ... His athleticism and long lanky arms can pull in saves from all over the place ... He has to get physically stronger for MLS ... He's kind of wiry ... He certainly is a guy you can look at as a No. 3 GK in MLS and develop him.

COLLEGE (St. John's): Ended his time at St. Johns as the all time leader in career shutouts with 32 ... 2013: Named 2nd team All-Big East his senior year ... Posted a 11-7-2 record including a career high 9 shutouts .... Had a goals against average of 0.80 ... 2012: Named 1st team All-Big East ... Started in all 19 matches posting a 10-5-4 record ... Had a 0.75 goals against average and a .795 save percentage ... 2011: Started 15 matches posting a 9-4-1 record before suffering a season ending injury ... Had a 1.03 goals against average ... Put together a string of 6 straight matches with a shutout on the way to 7 total ... 2010: Named Soccer America 2nd team All-Freshman and Big East All-Freshman honors ... Started all 18 matches posting a 10-6-2 record ... Had a 0.84 goals against average and a .831 save percentage ... 2009: Sat out as a redshirt.

HIGH SCHOOL: Started for three years at Morris Hills High School ... As captain his senior year Diaz was named NSCAA New Jersey Player of the Year and New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year.     

CLUB: Player Development Academy(PDA).

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