While it ended in frustration with an achilles injury that will sidelined him for the early months of 2017, this year will be remembered as the one where Mauro Diaz truly catapulted his star among the upper echelon of MLS attackers.
A 2016 All-Star, Mauro finished tied for third in the league in assists with 13 and set new career highs in games played, minutes played and assists.
None will be remembered more than his bicycle kick assist against Real Salt Lake. With Fabian Castillo streaking down the left side, Diaz used a moment of magic to not only send the bicycle kick in but play it perfectly into space and let Castillo do the rest. What a pass and what a goal.
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