FC Dallas have completed the signing of Argentinian playmaker Mauro Diaz from River Plate.

The 22-year-old had been at River Plate since making his professional debut as a 17-year-old in 2008, so will be hoping to push on and cement a regular spot for himself in the Dallas side.

During his five-year stint at the club he made 53 appearances for the Argentine first division side, netting three goals.

He spent the season on loan at  Chilean first division side Unión Española for the 2012 season, where he scored five goals and made seven assists in the 41 times he appeared in Chile.

FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo expressed his delight at acquiring Diaz, after monitoring his progress during his South American travels earlier in the year.

“Mauro Diaz is a young prospect who fits the profile FC Dallas was looking to add,” Clavijo said in a statement on yesterday.

“We’re excited to see how he will complement an already very talented offensive lineup as we head into the second half of the season with the goal of winning the MLS Cup."

Diaz can play centrally and on the left side, so his versatility will prove to be of real use to the Texas side.

Manager Schellas Hyndman has stressed the need for his side to score more goals - after just four goals in their last six matches - and the addition of Diaz will hopefully provide his side with more ammunition.

Diaz will officially become a FC Dallas player pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.


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