HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Herediano and signed as a Young Designated Player on July 2, 2019
Diaz is a young, dynamic winger who accounted for two goals and four assists in just 797 minutes after arriving midseason. He looked promising during the Crew's final six games and could be poised for a breakout season in his first full MLS campaign.
INTERNATIONAL: Diaz made his senior national team debut for Costa Rica in an international friendly against Uruguay in September. He also competed against Curacao in Concacaf Nations League A play in October. He previously was named to Costa Rica’s 40-man provisional roster for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
OUTSIDE MLS: Diaz was named the Best Under-21 Player in the Torneo Clausura 2019 by UNAFUT – Costa Rica’s union of First Division soccer clubs – and won the Torneo Apertura 2018 with Herediano. Diaz last played for Club Sport Herediano, where he made 21 appearances (19 starts) in league play while scoring one goal and providing two assists. Notably, the 21-year old was named the Torneo Clausura 2019 Best Under-21 Player by UNAFUT and was among the final nominees for the Torneo Clausura 2019 Best Player award. The midfielder also featured for Herediano in the Concacaf Champions League, starting in two Round of 16 matches in 2019 against Atlanta United (February 22, March 1). Before joining Herediano in 2018, Diaz played for Municipal Grecia FC from 2016-2018. While with Municipal Grecia, he helped the club achieve promotion to the First Division after winning the 2016-2017 Second Division title. In all, Diaz made 45 appearances (30 starts) for Grecia in the Costa Rican First Division, tallying two goals and six assists.