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Alec Diaz joins Puerto Rico National Team for World Cup Qualifying

The Tacoma Defiance forward started March in Sounders training camp.

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After a season as one of the USL Championship’s top teen attackers, Tacoma Defiance forward Alec Diaz departed Sounders training camp to join the Puerto Rico Men’s National Team for the second time this offseason. The now 19-year old scored 6 goals and assisted twice in 855 minutes of play last season.

This year he’s a candidate to break into a Sounders attack that will need at least one more forward if they play most of their matches with two starting at that position.

Puerto Rico is now coached by former United States Men’s National Team coach Dave Sarachan. Last year Sarachan coached USL side North Carolina FC, but left when they dropped down to USL-1. Now with PR, he’s called in Diaz and others to a camp in the Dominican Republic, where they are preparing for Saint Kitts & Nevis on March 24 in D.R. before heading to P.R. to host mighty Trinidad & Tobago.

Diaz started both friendlies for Puerto Rico in January, playing 143 minutes against Guatemala (1-0 loss) and D.R. (1-0 win). His first appearance with Puerto Rico was at age 17 back in 2019 when he played 2 minutes in a friendly.

The World Cup Qualifiers will be Alec’s biggest test yet. Only the winner of Group F will advance. T&T is clearly the power of a group that also includes Guyana and the Bahamas.

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