Cristiano Dias, or simply Cristiano, joined the Stars in 2011 after playing four seasons with Miami FC (now the Fort Lauderdale Strikers). At 6-foot-3, he brings height to the Stars’ backline and a target to the penalty box on set pieces. Dias began his career in the lower divisions of Brazilian professional soccer, spending time with Sao Carlos, Sao Bento, Osasco and Desportivo Brasil.
Dias began the 2011 season in competition for one of the team's two center back positions. He assumed a first choice role in the position in July after Jack Stewart departed for FC Dallas, and he and Kyle Altman anchored the backline as the Stars made a run to the NASL Championship, defeating his former club in the final.