Alejandro Diaz Sticks With Pacific FC
Reigning Canadian Premier League champions Pacific FC have re-signed Mexican striker Alejandro Diaz on a multi-year deal.
The 26-year-old forward contributed ten goals in the club’s most recent campaign, which saw him secure just the second hat trick in league history. He also added a further four assists in league play whilst bagging two additional goals in the Canadian Championship, too.
Diaz has now made 41 appearances for Pacific FC across all competitions, procuring a healthy return of fifteen goals and six assists in that time – exactly what one would hope for after he made 56 appearances in Mexico for the likes of Club America, Necaxa, Atlas, and Zacatepec.
All-told, it looks like the club was spot-on when Pacific hailed him as one of their biggest signings when he first arrived from Liga MX giants Club America two years ago. Of those still present in the squad in the time since, nobody has scored more than the five-foot-ten striker.
While Diaz had missed the 2021 CPL Final due to a pre-booked wedding abroad, he’s set to play a significant role in the Pacific FC title defense this year.
“Diaz is a top striker in this league who brings great experience and confidence to our team,” said Pacific FC head coach James Merriman, “his daily approach to our environment is invaluable.”
With the club having lost out on its top goalscorer in Terran Campbell this offseason, who will play up top with the Mexican forward remains to be seen. The club had tried to sign Easton Ongario before he signed with Romanian top flight side UTA Arad, with the Tridents now teasing that further player signings are set to come in the near future.
Diaz – who scored against both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC during the club’s run to the Canadian Championship semi-finals – is a significant returning factor for a team which has built its identity on fluid, fast, and efficient counter-attacks.
The Mexico City-born striker becomes the club’s fifth officially confirmed returnee behind Jamar Dixon, Callum Irving, Thomas Meilleur-Giguere, and Josh Heard, though we can expect players like Matthew Baldisimo, Marco Bustos, and Kunle Dada-Luke to return as well.
With Pacific FC set for its first foray into the Concacaf League, the Mexican striker’s experience in continental action will be called upon as head coach James Merriman takes the Tridents into brand new territory. Diaz won the Champions League twice during his time with Club America.
Pacific FC did not disclose the full contract length or financial compensation for Alejandro Diaz.