Pacific FC sells CPL leading scorer Alejandro Diaz to the Norwegian team

Pacific FC sells CPL leading scorer Alejandro Diaz to the Norwegian team

Pacific FC forward Alejandro Diaz, who leads the Canadian Premier League with 13 goals this season, has been sold to Norwegian Sogundal Football for a club-record fee.

Pacific said the sale, the amount of which was not specified, is the second-largest transfer in league history, with the potential to be the largest based on conditional performance goals.

The CPL’s biggest transfer was the January 2020 sale of Forge FC attacking midfielder Tristan Borges, then the league’s MVP and Golden Boot winner, to Belgium’s OH Leuven, reportedly for $300,000 and $ Between 500,000.

Borges was loaned to Forge in March 2021.

Diaz has accounted for nearly half of Pacific’s 28 goals in league play this season. The 26-year-old Mexican scored 31 goals and added nine assists in 62 games in all competitions over three seasons with the Pacific.

“We would like to thank Alejandro for his service to our club over the past three seasons, and for the joy he brings to Pacific FC fans on and off the field,” Pacific CEO Rob Friend, the former Canadian international forward, said. In a statement Wednesday. “As a club, we are committed to helping our players develop and achieve new levels of success by creating new opportunities in leagues around the world.

“As we help our players rise, we are proud to set new standards for our league in terms of transfer fees, which we look forward to reinvesting in Canadian soccer.”

Sogndal (8-6-5) is currently in eighth place in Norway’s second-tier league. The club is coached by former Chelsea and Rangers forward Tor Andre Flo.

Diaz joined Pacific in March 2020 from Mexican Club America where he rose through the youth ranks. He made 56 appearances for Club America’s senior team in Mexico and through loan spells at Nacaca, Atlas and second-tier Zacatpec.

A Mexican youth international, Diaz won the CONCACAF championship with Mexico’s under-17 and under-20 teams.

Pacific (9-4-5) are currently second in the CPL standings and have reached the Round of 16 of the Scotiabank CONCACAF League after eliminating Waterhouse FC of Jamaica. The defending CPL champions host Herdiano of Costa Rica in the first leg of their competition next Tuesday.

“We wish Alejandro the best as he embarks on a new chapter in his career,” Pacific coach James Merriman said. “While we will miss Alejandro leading our line, we are confident of the talent and depth that remains in our squad and look forward to the round of 16 clash with CS Hirdeno starting next week. becomes

“We look forward to supporting Alejandro from afar as we continue to compete in the CPL and CONCACAF League.”

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