Cháves in 2011
|Full name||Diego Gonzalo Cháves de Miquelerena|
|Date of birth||14 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Diego is a Uruguayan, but spent most of his childhood in Argentina. From age 12 to 15, Diego started playing for the smaller divisions of several Argentinian teams: River Plate, Boca Juniors, Platenese, and then again River Plate. At age 16, Diego moved to Brasil for a year and there he played for Figueirense.
His professional career began in the year 2004, when he moved to Uruguay and joined Montevideo Wanderers F.C. There he played a total of 93 games in which he scored 27 goals. In July 2009, he received an offer from Querétaro FC and moved to Mexico. With Querétaro he appeared in 15 games and scored 4 goals.
Diego scored his first two goals for Querétaro while playing against Jaguares, with a final score of 2–2. His third goal was against Monterrey, but the team lost the game 3 to 1. In December 2009 he was transferred to Veracruz, a club that was looking to return to the maximum division in Mexico. He returned to Uruguay with Nacional in 2010.
On February 2011, Cháves signed with Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. He made his debut, and scored his first goal for his new club, 19 March 2011 in Chicago's 1–1 tie with FC Dallas on the opening day of the 2011 MLS season. Cháves went on to score in each of his next two matches, a 3–2 win vs. Sporting Kansas City 26 March 2011 and a 2–1 loss at Seattle Sounders F.C. 9 April 2011 to become the first player in club history to record goals in each of his first three league appearances for the team. Cháves would finish the 2011 campaign with seven goals and three assists across all competitions, helping the team to its first appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final since 2006 where they eventually fell 2–0 at Seattle.
A report in the Chilean media on January 15, 2012 claims that the 25-year-old Uruguayan striker has signed with Primera División side Palestino after he and the Fire mutually parted ways.
- Diego Cháves player profile at TenfielDigital (Spanish)
- News report at the official webpage of Querétaro FC (Spanish)
- Fire, FCD trade early goals en route to 1–1 draw