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Former UVa star Dike leaves Orlando, signs 4 1/2-year deal with West Brom

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Orlando City’s Daryl Dike (center) is joining West Bromwich Albion in the second-tier English League Championship.

American forward Daryl Dike signed with West Bromwich Albion of the second-tier English League Championship on the first day of the winter transfer window, agreeing Saturday to a 4 1/2-season contract.

The 21-year-old scored nine goals in 22 matches while on loan to second-tier Barnsley during the second half of the 2020-21 season. He returned to Orlando of Major League Soccer and had 10 goals in 18 regular-season matches plus another in his one playoff appearance.

Valérien Ismaël was Dike's coach at Barnsley and was hired last June to coach West Brom. The Baggies were relegated from the Premier League and are fourth in the League Championship, on track to reach the promotion playoffs.

Drafted out of the University of Virginia in 2020, Dike scored 30 goals in 58 regular-season matches for the MLS team. He has three goals in eight appearances for the U.S.

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