Venezuelan striker Diomar Díaz scored twice and led the New York Cosmos to their first road win of the 2013 Fall Season by in a 2-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. His performance earned him the North American Soccer League Player of the Week honors.
“It feels very nice to be recognized by the league, but more importantly I’m happy I could contribute to this great team win,” said Díaz. “Our whole team played a strong game. Now, we go back to focus on training and continue to work for our next game.”
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Just ten minutes into the match at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium, the crowd of 7,653 – a record for the Strikers in their new era - saw Díaz open the scoring as he headed in a cross from Spanish midfielder Ayoze past Strikers goalkeeper Richard Sánchez from six-yards out.
Díaz’s second goal was scored 13 minutes later on a rebound after Sánchez saved the an initial shot by Bulgarian forward Stefan Dimitrov, but was beaten by the second attempt from just inside the 18-yard box.
Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese commented: “First off, this was a great win for our club. Diomar’s two goals were a big part of our team victory, as were his defensive contributions.”
The native of Ciudad de la Victoria, Venezuela currently leads the Cosmos in scoring with three goals having played in seven games during the 2013 NASL Fall Season.
Prior to joining the Cosmos in May of 2013, Díaz, played the 2012-13 season with Atlético Club Mineros de Guayana of the Venezuelan First Division. Díaz began his career with Deportivo Petare playing three seasons (2009-2012) before being transferred to Mineros last January.
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