Adama Diomande‘s resume, skill set, and physical prowess looked set to make him an MLS success from the jump, but this is looking too easy.
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LAFC’s Norwegian import from Hull City now has the first hat trick in club history following a three-star run in the club’s 4-1 blowout of the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Diomande, 28, now has seven goals in 298 MLS minutes after scoring just once in a disappointing Championship season for Hull.
A terrific opener was met by a couple of poacher’s finishes to complete the hat trick, and LAFC is now third in the Western Conference during Bob Bradley and the club’s maiden voyage.
Something about black-and-gold American expansion teams has been good to the MLS and NHL the past two seasons.
Eric Lichaj is going to bring his Premier League promotion dreams to a new Championship club.
The 29-year-old USMNT fullback has been a key part of Nottingham Forest to the tune of 188 appearances since moving from Aston Villa in 2013.
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But he’s on the move, joining Nigel Adkins at Hull City on the heels of a three-goal season at Forest. He famously scored a pair of goals in a 4-2 FA Cup win over Arsenal, then naming his new dog Gunner.
“It’s a fresh start for me and I want to repay Hull City for the faith that they have shown in me by bringing me here. I’ll be working my hardest, as I always do, every day in training and on matchdays.”
The versatile American can play left or right back, and has pushed his way back into the national team picture. Lichaj has 15 caps with a goal for the USMNT.
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Adama Diomande is reuniting with the coach who helmed his most successful professional season.
“Adama is a quality goalscorer who brings the experience of playing at a high level in Europe,” said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley. “We believe he will have a strong impact in MLS.”
The Hull City man scored 25 goals in 26 matches for Stabaek when Bradley was the manager in 2015, earning a move to the English side. While at Hull, Diomande scored seven goals in 64 matches between the Premier League and Championship.
He joins fellow transfer deadline day acquisition Lee Nguyen in bolstering an LAFC attack with Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi. The signing comes on the same day that Costa Rican star Marco Urena was lost indefinitely with a facial injury.
Is this an all excuse to show Diomande’s amazing bicycle kick built for two goal with Abel Hernandez from Premier League Opening Day last season?
I’m not saying we’re silently nodding over here, but…
Midfielder Ryan Mason, who was forced to retire after suffering a fractured skull over a year ago, received a warm ovation at KCOM Stadium before Hull City’s match on Friday against Sheffield United.
Mason, just 26 years old, announced his retirement last week on the advice of medical professionals after over a year of rehabilitation from his injury in an attempt to return to playing. The Tottenham youth product was injured in an aerial clash with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in January of 2017, and did not return to action.
“Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world-renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised,” Hull City said in a release after Mason’s retirement was announced. “Ryan would like to put on record his thanks to all at the club who have aided his recovery to this point and he his is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months.”
Before Hull City’s match against Sheffield, an important one with Hull battling relegation, Mason was brought out on the pitch and received a warm reception from the patchy crowd.
As the club did after his injury, they put a message on the screen with the Twitter hashtag #OneRyanMason.
Mason picked up his first job since retirement over the weekend, commentating on Sky Sports in studio for a Championship match between Aston Villa and Preston North End, which ended in a 1-1 draw. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind – it’s been crazy. I’ve had a lot of messages and it’s been a lot to take in,” Mason said on the broadcast. “I’ve been quite positive throughout and I’m looking to the next chapter now.”It’s difficult [to accept]. For the last year I’ve been working as hard as I can to get back on a football pitch. But when you’re long-term health comes into it then it’s a lot easier. There is more to life than football.
Willian made a statement within 120 seconds of kickoff on Friday, and Chelsea repeated it often during a four-goal first half: Hull City was not getting near the FA Cup quarterfinals.
The Brazilian scored twice, while goals also came for Olivier Giroud and Pedro in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over the Tigers.
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Hull’s Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, won a penalty kick in the 49th minute off a hasty Cesc Fabregas tackle, and David Meyler was stopped by Wily Caballero to preserve the clean sheet.
American U-20 center midfielder Kyle Scott made his full Chelsea debut in the match, subbing on for Fabregas in the 62nd minute and joining Matt Miazga and Roy Wegerle as U.S. players to don the blue of Chelsea.
Scott entered the game with 60 appearances for Chelsea between the U-18 and U-23 levels, with four goals and seven assists.
The Blues got a pair from Willian, including a 2nd minute opener off a poor Hull idea, as they rolled past the Tigers at Stamford Bridge.
Willian dinged the far post with an 89th minute effort, denied of the hat trick.
Here’s the opener: