FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was thrilled with the performance of Mauro Diaz in the weekend's 1-0 friendly loss to Premier League club Stoke City.

The 22-year old Argentine midfielder, who recently joined from River Plate, made a 30-minute cameo for his new club and Hyndman was instantly pleased.

"What I wanted to do was play him along with David [Ferreira] and more of the regular starters," Hyndman told reporters after the match.

"That way, we could have a chance to see more of his playmaking, his vision. I think he's the player we were all anticipating."

And Diaz was also content with how his first real showing for the Texan club panned out.

"I feel that I had a good connection with Ferreira and other players up front," he said through an interpreter. "There's an understanding that will improve in practice."

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