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Daryl Dike double gives Barnsley historic away win

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Daryl Dike has been on an impressive scoring tear as of late with Barnsley, and it continued with an eventful performance on Monday.

Dike bagged a brace to give Barnsley a 2-1 road victory over Luton Town on Matchday 40 of the English Championship season. The U.S. Men’s National Team striker scored on each side of halftime, first firing a clinical shot home in the 27th minute before pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty area just before the hour-mark.

He had a golden chance to record his first professional hat-trick via a penalty he earned in the 83rd minute, but his poorly-taken effort was saved before the ensuing counter allowed Luton Town to cut the deficit in half. Barnsley still held on to grab a sixth consecutive away win, a record in club history.

While Dike will rue his missed opportunity, the in-form forward now has seven goals in 13 games this season for a fifth-placed Barnsley side that is pushing for promotion. He is the first American since Bobby Convey to have that many strikes in a campaign in England’s second division.

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Dike’s first tally of the day came when he raced onto a through ball, held off a defender, and smacked home a cross-body shot. He then recorded his brace in the 59th minute with mop-up duty in front of goal after Luton Town goalkeeper Simon Sluga failed to properly deal with a shot from distance.

The 20-year-old attacker then earned a late penalty kick after being tripped in the box during a 1-on-1 battle. Dike took a short run-up on the ensuing take, but his attempt from 12 yards out was hit too close to the middle and saved.

The Orlando City player that is currently on loan at Barnsley now boasts an impressive goal-scoring average in the Championship of 0.53, meaning he is finding the back of the net practically every other game.

The next chance Dike will have to add to his season haul will come on Saturday at home against Middlesbrough.

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  1. Odds he’s ever going back to Orlando keep gets closer and closer to zero after each new goal. Odds Bransleys able to keep also keep going down each new goal he scores too. No doubt he’s turning heads at bigger clubs

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  2. I’m not surprised. After the Northern Ireland game where he missed 3 good chances I wrote that anyone who doesn’t recognize his potential doesn’t know soccer. There are times when someone’s physical attributes are such that his success seems almost assured. I think he may fall into that category.He could become the beast we hoped Altidore would become, but never realized.

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    • I honestly think he might be exactly what the USMNT ordered.

      I like a lot of what I’ve seen of Josh Sargent but I wonder if Dike might end up being past him in the USMNT pecking order by the time the World Cup rolls around, especially if he continues to come on and can continue to develop. Again, the comparisons to Lukaku are optimistic…but maybe not completely unwarranted, either. And we have all these skill guys buzzing around who can dribble anybody; Dike gives them an emphatic target point to place the ball upon, which might be exactly what they need.

      I really liked what I’ve seen of him, whatever, and I really hope he does not turn out to be another mirage.

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  3. First goal was sweet. Almost as nice as the Birmingham rocket. Camera angle doesn’t do it justice. Holding off defender, going down, tough angle, still hits it with power into far corner. Nice.

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  4. Wow! This guy can score and is strong enough to fend off defenders while dribling. I think 20 million dollars is a fair price for him now.

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  5. Dang! People will complain he’s only scoring against Championship sides but that’s who he’s playing against. Can’t score against 1st division teams if you don’t play them.
    Biggest factor for me is the teams W/L/T record since he showed up. Unreal!

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    • Its still better then MLS so its actually pretty impressive that he;s doing this. I’ve seen a lot of Americans go to championship and not even be able to start

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  6. Wow again! look at him own that defender in the 1-on-1 before the PK!! All of 20 years old. Wow. It’s just raining talent right now.

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  7. SBI right on time! I hope he keeps scoring and doesn’t come back to the MLS! I know I’m not the only Lions fan with that sentiment. If OCSC don’t get what they want, well, you know… I appreciate how he’s improving at a fast rate. Built like a NFL WR, he’s physical enough to keep defenders off, without fouling. His timing runs & space awareness is better than 3 months ago. He’s using the momentum of the ball, so much better than 9 months ago. He’s scoring from different angles, with either foot. (Yes, I agree he could’ve scored 3 times vs N Ireland) The biggest thing for me: Barnsley is winning!! Scoring goals in the English Championship League! It’s only April, give’m dat work, Dike!!

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