HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on May 2, 2018.
Diomande, who previously played under Bob Bradley at Stabaek, has the combination of size, speed and skill and that was all on display in a spectacular first MLS season. He had 12 goals in 18 appearances, a midseason injury the only thing to slow him down in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: Diomande made his senior debut on June 12, 2015, playing the last 11 minutes of Norway’s 0-0 draw against Azerbaijan in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match. In all, he has appeared in 11 matches for Norway, including five FIFA World Cup qualifiers. His lone goal and assist came in Norway’s 4-1 victory over San Marino on October 11, 2016.
OUTSIDE MLS: After a successful campaign in Norway’s third division with IL Hödd in 2011, in which he registered 14 goals and six assists in 28 contests, Diomande would join Norwegian giants Strømsgodset IF. During his three seasons with the club, Diomande notched 16 goals in 51 official matches, while also helping the club to a league title in 2013. Following a two-year stint with Dinamo Minsk of the Belarus first division, Diomande joined Bradley in Stabaek. Diomande is re-united with LAFC head coach Bob Bradley, who coached Diomande in 2015 at Stabaek IF in Norway, where Diomande scored 25 goals and added three assists in 26 appearances. This past season, Diomande saw action in 19 games across all competitions for Hull City, scoring one goal and adding two assists along the way. Since joining the English club in 2015, Diomande tallied eight goals and three assists in 64 matches.