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Toronto FC signs Norwegian striker Adama Diomande

The Reds acquired Diomande off waivers, and the striker is no stranger to playing in MLS.

Adama Diomande during a match for LAFC in 2018.
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The club announced on Thursday that they have signed 32 year-old forward Adama Diomande, and he will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. He will be under contract for two seasons, along with an option for 2025 as well.

This marks the third time that Diomande will be playing for Head Coach Bob Bradley, the first two instances were at Stabæk in 2015, and with LAFC from 2018 to 2020. “Dio” will be a strong option either as the starting striker or off the bench as he is quite familiar with Bradley’s system of play.

“He is a proven striker with vast experience playing in MLS and Europe. His smart runs, athletic presence and skill to finish in the box will immediately impact our attack,” said Coach Bradley.

Diomande’s career has spanned across many countries, as he has played in Belarus, England, the United States, China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and now he can add Canada to that list.

Arguably his most prolific stint was in the MLS as he contributed to 33 goals in 52 appearances with LAFC. He made an instant impact for the club after signing for them in May 2018, he scored nine goals in his first seven appearances and was subsequently named the MLS Player of the Month for July. He also played a key role during LA’s 2019 season when they won the Supporters’ Shield.

With this signing, TFC now has three out-and-out strikers that are all more than capable to score goals (although consistent service from other teammates needs to be ever-present. Diomande brings much needed competition to Jesús Jiménez and Ayo Akinola and will possibly offer a different look up top if he starts any games.

Three signings down, and most likely more reinforcements are arriving soon to strengthen Toronto FC’s starting XI.