Wero Díaz is staying in Vancouver

After spending a full 365 days with Vancouver FC, Alejandro ‘Wero’ Díaz is staying with the Eagles for another year. Vancouver announced on Wednesday that the club extended Díaz’s loan from Sogndal Fotball of Norway’s 1. Division until June 2025.

“We are thrilled to retain the services of Wero Díaz for the remainder of the season and beyond,” said Vancouver FC’s head coach Afshin Ghotbi.

Díaz first joined Vancouver as a member of the club’s mid-season ‘game-changers’ who brought veteran experience and international talent to a blossoming young team. The native of Mexico made his debut for the Eagles on July 16, 2023 against Atlético Ottawa and went on to start in 14 consecutive games and scored two goals to close out VFC’s inaugural season.

Before coming to Vancouver, Díaz spent 10 months in Norway with Sogndal from August 2022 until July 2023. He scored eight goals in 22 appearances for the second-tier Norwegian team, including scoring two goals in three games of the 2023 NM Cupen tournament.

Vancouver isn’t Díaz’s first Canadian Premier League (CPL) team he’s represented as the striker spent the better part of three seasons with B.C.-rivals, Pacific FC starting in 2020. Díaz was Pacific’s all-time leading goal scorer in all competitions with 31 goals at the time of his departure and also won the CPL Golden Boot award in 2022 after scoring 13 goals in just 18 appearances.

“Wero is one of the top goal scorers in CPL history with a final touch that is at the highest standard,” said Ghotbi. “Díaz is a top professional both on and off the field and I believe he will continue to score goals to help us achieve our targets.”

So far in 2024, Díaz has helped the Eagles on the scoresheet with four goals and two assists in 12 CPL regular season appearances. The 28-year-old striker now has six goals to his name in a VFC kit which currently ties Díaz second in the club’s all-time leading goal scorer category with former-VFC player Shaan Hundal. Additionally, Díaz’s four goals so far this season now brings the international athlete to 31 markers all-time in CPL regular season competition to now rank him second in League history and trails only Forge FC’s Terran Campbell, who has yet to score in 2024, by only six goals.

Fans can catch Díaz at Willoughby Park for the rest of the Eagles’ season, including in the club’s upcoming three-game homestand in July. Tickets to all of Vancouver’s matches can be purchased online here.