Diego Serna

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Diego Serna
Personal information
Full name Diego Alonso Serna Lopera
Date of birth (1973-10-02) October 2, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Cortuluá
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 Cortuluá
1996–1997 Independiente Medellín
1998–2001 Miami Fusion 100 (52)
2002 MetroStars 8 (1)
2002–2003 New England Revolution 5 (1)
2003 Los Angeles Galaxy 10 (3)
2004–2005 Once Caldas
2005 Deportes Quindío
2005 Colorado Rapids 1 (0)
2006 Macará
2007–2008 Fast
2009 Miami FC 17 (3)
2011 Syracuse Silver Knights (indoor) 8
2014 Miami Dade FC
Teams managed
2014– Miami United (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 December 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Diego Serna (born October 2, 1973 in Medellín) is a retired Colombian soccer player. He is the all-time leading scorer for the now-defunct Miami Fusion of Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

Early Career, Major League Soccer[edit]

Serna began his career in his native Colombia with Cortuluá and Independiente Medellín, before moving to MLS with the expansion Fusion in 1998. He became the one constant in Miami's lineup for the four years of the team's existence, leading them in goals in points his first three seasons with the club. Overall, he ended up with team records of 100 games, 52 goals, 36 assists, and 140 points in the regular season, and added a goal and an assist in six playoff games. In 2001, he was named to the MLS Best XI.

The Fusion was contracted before the 2002 MLS season, so Serna was picked 4th overall in the 2002 MLS Allocation Draft by the MetroStars, who traded Mark Chung to obtain that pick. Diego only played eight games for the Metros, scoring one goal. He was traded to the New England Revolution in a six-player deal midway through the season, the other principal of which was Mamadou Diallo. Serna only scored one goal for the Revs in five games before his season was ended by an injury. He went back to Colombia to Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medellín, before returning to MLS in the middle of the 2003 season for a stint with the Los Angeles Galaxy, scoring three goals in ten games.

Return to South America[edit]

After spending some time playing in his native Colombia with Once Caldas and Deportes Quindío, Serna returned to MLS with the Colorado Rapids in August 2005. He then played for Macará of Ecuador in 2006, before joining Fast of Brazil in 2007 and 2008.

USL[edit]

Although Serna was an excellent goal-scorer in MLS, after the Miami Fusion was disbanded, he never reached his maximum potential in the league, electing to play in various leagues throughout South America, contributing to his advancement as a well-rounded, professional veteran. In 2009 he returned to Florida, signing with Miami FC[1] scoring a goal, and providing two assists, ensuring a victory in his homecoming game.

USL/MISL (Indoor)[edit]

Serna signed with Syracuse Silver Knights of the American Major Indoor Soccer League on October 11, 2011.[2] He made his debut in a 16-15 win over the Rochester Lancers (2010). He was released from the team January 6, 2012.[3]

NAL[edit]

On May 5th 2014, Serna signed with Miami Dade FC to play the 2014 season.

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