Born: August 25, 1992
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Previous Club: The Miami FC
DARÍO SUÁREZ BIO
The third season in black and gold was more of the same for the Cuban goalscorer. The winger finished the season as the joint-scoring leader with nine goals and led the club with five assists. Suárez rattled off six goals over Tulsa’s final nine matches of the season en route to trying Joaquín Rivas for the second-highest goal tally in franchise history in one fewer season.
Super Darío was a man on a mission in 2021. He finished tied for second on the club with nine goals in the regular season and added one more in FC Tulsa’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match as well, a sparkling shot that earned Suárez the No. 7 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays of the night. He also had four assists, marking career highs in both goals and assists until he topped his assist total the following season.
Suárez also became the go-to penalty kick taker for the club, going a perfect 4-4 on the season from the spot.
Suárez joined FC Tulsa ahead of the 2020 season, and immediately delivered on his goalscoring prowess. Suárez led the team in goals with eight, including a stellar six-goal month of September which saw him named a Player of the Month finalist.
He was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week twice, finished runner-up for Player of the Week twice, and won a Goal of the Week award. Suárez also contributed one assist on the season and scored one match winner in 2020.
He was named FC Tulsa’s Offensive Player of the Year.
In his fourth season with the club, Suárez owns the second best scoring mark in franchise history with his 28 goals scored. He is 7-7 is his career as a penalty kick taker, accounting for the most goals from the spot in franchise history. However, Suárez is the only player to convert five attempts at a 100% conversion pct.
Suárez is the only player in Tulsa history with a goal scored in four consecutive matches.
2018-2019 – THE MIAMI FC (NPSL)
In his two seasons and 34 appearances with The Miami FC, Suárez scored 23 goals, the most on the club in that span, while adding eleven assists.
2016-2017 – ANN ARBOR FC (NPSL)
Prior to his move to The Miami FC, Suárez was tearing up the NPSL with AFC Ann Arbor, where he joined the club for its inaugural 2016 season and continued with the team in 2017. He led the team with seven goals and five assists in 2016, and followed it up with six more goals and four assists the next season. It was in Ann Arbor that fans gave him the nickname “Super Darío,” which has remained with him ever since.
Suárez has four senior national team appearances for Cuba, two in friendlies and two in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also was a part of the 18, but did not appear in two 2016 World Cup qualifiers for Cuba.
The forward defected to the U.S. while with Cuba at the Gold Cup and has been unable to appear for the national team since.
He began his soccer career in Cuba with Cerro FC in Havana when he was just six years old, and he remained with the club until the age of 11. He competed for various youth teams in Havana, where he was the captain until his move to the U.S. in 2015.