Younger brother of one-time Super Eagles forward Bright Dike, Daryl, has joined Major League Soccer (MLS) side Orlando City SC after he was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 MLS Super Draft.
Daryl Dike, born in Edmond, Oklahoma, and his sister Courtney also played for the Super Falcons.
Orlando City SC EVP of Soccer Operation Luiz Muzzi is excited to sign the striker.
“I think we had a great draft and (got) the guys that we wanted,” Orlando City SC EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said.
“Dike is a very exciting, young player. One of the youngest players in the draft…Extremely excited that we were able to get him. And with the later picks we were able to get the guys that we wanted at that position and we hope that they come in and show well. We’re very excited to have them,” he said.
Dike, 19, joins the Lions following two years at the University of Virginia, finishing his collegiate career with 15 goals and nine assists through 36 appearances.
Dike led ‘The Cavaliers’ with 10 goals and nine assists in 23 starts on their run to becoming the 2019 NCAA College Cup runners-up.
He was named a Third Team United Soccer Coaches All-American, as well as the NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player after scoring three goals across Virginia’s two matches.
The youngster helped ‘The Cavaliers’ to win the 2019 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship, logging 74 minutes in a 3-1 victory over Clemson.
Through his freshman campaign, Dike appeared in 13 matches, scoring five goals and adding one assist, earning him a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Dike signed a Generation adidas contract on January 7 to make him eligible for selection in the Super Draft.
Dike was named the Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year in 2018.
He was also Oklahoma Offensive Player of the Year three times, setting the Oklahoma State record with 70 goals throughout his high school career.
He has compatriot Tesho Akindele as his teammate at Orlando City SC.