A dual Canadian-Cuban citizen, promising young goalkeeper William Diaz enters his second season in the Residency program.
UNITED STATES SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
2012-13: In his first season, the Port Coquitlam, BC native started all 12 of his regular season appearances for Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency.
After moving to British Columbia, Diaz began playing youth soccer with Port Coquitlam U-12. He later won a silver medal at the San Marino Cup - the largest Italian youth soccer tournament, played in the Republic of San Marino on the Adriatic Coast of Italy. Diaz was also part fo the BC Soccer Provincial Development Program at the U-15 and U-16 levels, capturing a silver medal with Team BC at the Canada Games, while also participating in the National Training Centre. Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Diaz played with Coquitlam Metro-Ford U-17 in the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League.
A dual citizen, Diaz was originally born in Cardenas, Cuba, before moving to Port Coquitlam, BC. The young goalkeeper attended Pitt River Middle School before moving on to Pinetree Secondary School.
When not playing soccer, Diaz enjoys playing baseball and listening to music. A native of Cuba, Diaz speaks both English and Spanish. He lists his father Carlos as his role model who has had the greatest impact on him, and Dante Zanatta and Luca Dalla Pace as his mentors.