FRISCO, Texas- FC Dallas has transferred midfielder Mauro Diaz to Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC, the club announced today.
Diaz will be eligible to play for his new side on July 10, when the summer transfer window opens. Shabab Alahli’s first match of the season is on August 31.
“I know this may not be the most ideal time to say goodbye, especially in a season in which we are doing so well but, this is a great opportunity for my family and for me,” Diaz said to FCDallas.com. “I will always be thankful for everything. I want you to know you will always be in my heart.”
FC Dallas acquired the Argentinan from River Plate in 2013. In 109 appearances, Diaz had 23 goals and 44 assists.
Nicknamed ‘The Unicorn’, Diaz provided a massive spark offensively for Dallas. In 2016, Dallas won the Supporters Shield and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and Diaz had arguably his most impressive season for the team. He scored five goals and had 13 assists before tearing his Achilles in the penultimate match against Seattle.
“This is a great opportunity for Mauro and his family,” FC Dallas President Dan Hunt said to FCDallas.com. “While we hate to see Mauro leave the organization, this was the right time for him. We appreciate everything Mauro did for FC Dallas during his remarkable time here.”
It is the second transfer in a number of days for Dallas, as the team also transferred Anton Nedyalkov to Bulgarian side Ludogarets.