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Get To Know Your Rowdies: Yendry Diaz

Yendry Diaz, a defender from Matanzas, Cuba, came to the U.S. in 2008.  In 2008, Yendry claimed asylum from his home country after escaping from his hotel while he was in Florida playing a few friendly matches with the Cuba U-23 National Team.  A little over a year after becoming a U.S. citizen, Yendry played for the Real Maryland Monarchs during the 2009 season.  The defender played in 10 games and scored one goal during the season.

Yendry has played in 19 games with 16 starts for the Rowdies this season.  Although Yendry is a defender, he has logged 14 shots on goal and scored his first goal for the Rowdies, the game-tying goal in extra time, against AC St. Louis on August 29th.

What made you choose the Rowdies? 

Because the Rowdies have a great trajectory in soccer history

What's your typical pre-match meal?

I usually eat some pasta

What has been your most memorable moment involving soccer so far?

In 2008, Cuba vs. USA in Tampa.

Growing up, what soccer team did you support?

Brazilian National Team.                                          

What career would you be pursuing if you weren't a soccer player?

If I weren't a soccer player, I would like to be a video game designer

What are you listening to on your iPod right now?

Reggeton, bachata and some hip-hop

Top 3 favorite movies:

Wash Man, Avatar and Step Up

Where is your favorite place to go in the world?


Cats or Dogs?


If you were on a deserted island, who and what would you take with you?

I would take a soccer ball and a bottle of water

What is your favorite food?

Hands down Cuban food

What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven't had a chance to do yet?

To go sky diving

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NSC Minnesota 30 40
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