The reports last week that Mauro Diaz’s season was over are, fortunately for FC Dallas supporters, not quite right.
Diaz will, however, miss 6-10 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee. The 23-year-old has been a ball of fire for Oscar Pareja’s club so far, with three goals and three assists through 8 games. In two years with the club, Diaz has posted six goals and five assists through 18 games, just 13 of them starts.
With his season not being over, there is a bit of good news, but as Dallas News writer Peter Welpton points out, this loss is a big big deal:
No two ways about this news. It is devastating. Any successful MLS team has that “key guy” if lost, impacts the team more than anyone else. Dempsey for Seattle, Morales for RSL, Donovan for LA, etc. For Dallas that man is Diaz, who has been on a torrid pace to start the season, wonderfully fun to watch and is simply the one guy they could least afford to lose.
Suddenly the 2014 FC Dallas season has taken on an entirely new narrative.
Welpton expects the club to loos to homegrown player Danny Garcia to not be a disaster filling, but says Dallas should look outside of their grounds for a stopgap and hope the timetable is accurate or better.