Diaz pulls the strings of FCD attack in three-goal win
FRISCO, Texas -- Magic Mauro. Mauro the Maestro. Mighty Morphin' Mauro.
That last one probably won't stick, but Mauro Diaz is building a reputation worthy of alliteration; and on Saturday night he showed the league why he's wearing the number 10 for FC Dallas in 2014.
What will (rightfully) stick out about Diaz's performance against Montreal is the young Argentine's game-winning free kick golazo that found its way over the wall, past a helpless Troy Perkins and under the crossbar in the 47th minute.
"I thought the wall was too close to the 'keeper," Diaz said after the win. "...if I could put the ball over the top of the wall it would be really hard for the 'keeper to react with it being so close. Luckily I hit it right and the ball stayed inside the post."
The creative playmaker was also instrumental in FCD's go-ahead goal in the first half, earning the 24th-minute penalty kick that Blas Perez converted to seize the lead. His distribution in the match was also noteworthy, as Diaz completed 43 of 49 passes for a formidable success rate of 88%.
"Mauro showed what he’s capable of tonight and I think he can do even more than that," said head coach Oscar Pareja. "I’m very glad he’s on the team."
The attacking midfielder's skills and work ethic weren't lost on his teammates either.
"He was very active all game. He always wanted the ball," team captain Andrew Jacobson said of Diaz after the match. "He is everything you look for in a number 10."
Magical, masterful, mighty. After just one game, I'm guessing we'll need to come up with some more adjectives this year.