It hasn't been the same this season. Until Friday night.
With many of his teammates given the night off following a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal defeat less than 48 hours earlier, Diomande struck on a header moments before halftime. Then he added a goal with his feet shortly after the break to give LAFC a 2-1 lead over the Houston Dynamo, en route to a 3-1 win.
The brace — Diomande's fifth and sixth MLS goals this season — marks his first multi-goal performance of 2019 after scoring multiple goals in four league games a season ago.
Head coach Bob Bradley praised his entire side after the game, but singled out some praise for the striker who kickstarted the rally.
"It was a big game for Dio to score some goals, so again it just was a team effort," he told reporters after the game.
For Diomande, looking to get back to matching the 12 goals he scored in league play last year, Friday's performance was a step to get him back to top form.
“It’s always confidence for a striker to score goals," the Norwegian said. "I’m starting to come back in form. I’ve been out for a while with injuries and starting to build confidence back now. [It’s] my first night with minutes in a long time, and [I’m] just starting to get the groove back and be a better player that I’m used to.”