Mauro Diaz kicked off the MLS season as one of the most productive and valuable players, seamlessly running FC Dallas' midfield and quickly becoming one of the league's top attacking threats. The club will have to do without its top playmaker for the next couple of months, though.
Diaz, the MLS March Player of the Month, will undergo an unspecified surgery on his right knee and miss the next 6-10 weeks, FC Dallas announced on Wednesday. Various reports had Diaz's injury being anywhere from day-to-day to season-threatening, so the news is far from a worst-case scenario for FCD, which started the season 4-0-1 behind Diaz's hot play. The 23-year-old Argentine was hurt on April 26 at the end of the first half in a 4-1 loss to D.C. United -- he scored Dallas' lone goal -- and missed the following game against New York, which the club lost 1-0.
Dallas will go up against red-hot Seattle - winners of four straight -- Wednesday night in a key Western Conference battle without Diaz, whose three goals are tied for the team lead, and whose three assists are tops on the club.BEST XI: Who stood out in MLS Week 9?