Diego Cháves

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This article is about the footballer. For the boxer, see Diego Chaves (boxer).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cháves and the second or maternal family name is de Miquelerena.
Diego Cháves
Diego Cháves.jpeg
Cháves in 2011
Personal information
Full name Diego Gonzalo Cháves de Miquelerena
Date of birth (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Montevideo Wanderers 93 (27)
2009–2010 Querétaro 15 (4)
2010 Veracruz 9 (1)
2010–2011 Nacional 10 (1)
2011–2012 Chicago Fire 29 (6)
2012–2015 Palestino 66 (25)
2014 O'Higgins (loan) 27 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 April 2015.

Diego Gonzalo Cháves de Miquelerena (born 14 February 1986 in Buenos Aires) is a Uruguayan professional footballer that currently plays for Palestino in Primera División de Chile.



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.[1] In July 2009, he received an offer from Querétaro FC and moved to Mexico.[2] 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.

In February 2011, Cháves signed with Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.[3] 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.[4] 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 club Palestino after he and the Fire mutually parted ways.[5] On 2014, Cháves was out on loan to O'Higgins, playing 27 matches and scoring 6 goals in league. In December 2014, he return to Palestino.





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