Los Angeles Football Club continued their strong close to the Primary Transfer Window, announcing on Wednesday they have signed forward Adama Diomandé. The 28-year-old moves, reportedly on a free transfer, after Hull City canceled his contract so he could join the MLS expansion side.
Diomandé, 28, had been with Hull since 2015, playing in both the Premier League and Championship for the English club. The Norwegian-born striker has spent most of his career in his native country, playing for Lyn, Skeid, Hodd, Stromgodset and most notably, Stabaek when Bob Bradley was the coach there. He also had a short stint in Belarus at Dinamo Minsk. He is also a Norwegian international, having earned 10 caps in his career to date.
“We are excited to add Adama to our Club,” said EVP of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington in a team statement. “Adama is a dangerous striker who will add another element to our attack. He has top-level international and club experience, and, with his familiarity with Bob, we expect him to contribute immediately. In Adama, we are signing another very good player in the prime of his career.”
Diomandé’s scoring rate is not stellar, as he has 82 goals in 222 club appearances in his career, but his highlight was 25 goals in 26 games for Stabaek in 2015. Bradley clearly knows what he can do, and based on his track record, it’s safe to assume Diomandé is from the same mold as Marcos Ureña, a support striker whose main contributions come from helping teammates score and keep the attack flowing, while scoring the occasional tally. That need increased with Ureña going out for at least a month with a facial injury and his possible departure for the World Cup with Costa Rica this summer.
The concern here is what this means for the international slot situation at LAFC. They are already over their allotment, with recent signing Nico Czornomaz being loaned to Orange County SC to stay compliant. The speculation is how they’ll fit Diomandé onto the roster, because something has to give, and as of last week there were only six free international slots in all of MLS. It’s possible LAFC trades for one of those, or one of their current internationals gets a green card, or they loan out or cut a player occupying a spot to make room. We’ll see how that goes.
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