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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Nani (7' PEN)
  • Benji Michel (16', 90')
  • Daryl Dike (31', 49')

Daryl Dike's brace propels Orlando City to victory over San Jose Earthquakes

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Daryl Dike shines with 2 goals in 5-0 Orlando City win (1:49)

Daryl Dike and Benji Michel both score twice, and Nani adds one from the spot in Orlando City's rout of the San Jose Earthquakes. (1:49)

Daryl Dike scored a pair of goals in his first start of the season and Orlando City cruised to a 5-0 victory over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night.

Nani added his team-leading fifth goal from the penalty spot and assisted both of Dike's goals as Orlando won its second in a row and fifth in the last seven games.

Benji Michel added his first two goals to help the Lions move into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind New England and three ahead of Philadelphia, who both play on Wednesday.

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The five goals were the most Orlando has scored since a 5-1 win over Cincinnati on May 19, 2019, and the most San Jose had allowed since a 5-0 defeat to Colorado last September.

The Earthquakes lost for a fifth time in six games, on a night when play was delayed twice due to severe weather.

Some doubted if Dike would suit up again for Orlando after he joined Barnsley in the English second tier on a half-season loan this winter and scored nine times in 19 appearances.

But his performance -- and Barnsley's failure to earn promotion to the Premier League -- may have driven his price too high for the club to make the deal permanent.

So he returned to Orlando following a friendly appearance for the U.S. national team earlier this month, coming on as a sub in a 3-2 win over Toronto FC before starting Tuesday.

It was already 2-0 before Dike scored in the 31st minute. Nani intercepted a square pass near midfield and was immediately on the break, then picked out Dike with a through-ball between two San Jose defenders.

Dike rounded the charging goalkeeper J.T. Marcinkowski and guided a finish from a tight angle into an open goal.

His second goal came off a free kick, with Nani whipping in a service from the right flank and Dike beating his marker to drive a header between Marcinkowski and his left post.

Michel drew the penalty converted by Nani in the seventh minute, then added his own goals off assists from Chris Mueller in the 16th minute and Tesho Akindele in the 90th.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Colorado Rapids 34 +16 61
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +20 60
3 Sporting Kansas City 34 +18 58
4 Portland Timbers 34 +4 55
5 Minnesota United FC 34 -2 49
6 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 0 49
7 Real Salt Lake 34 +1 48
8 LA Galaxy 34 -4 48
9 LAFC 34 +2 45
10 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -8 41
11 FC Dallas 34 -9 33
12 Austin FC 34 -21 31
13 Houston Dynamo FC 34 -18 30

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New England Revolution 34 +24 73
2 Philadelphia Union 34 +13 54
3 Nashville SC 34 +22 54
4 New York City FC 34 +20 51
5 Atlanta United FC 34 +8 51
6 Orlando City SC 34 +2 51
7 New York Red Bulls 34 +6 48
8 DC United 34 +2 47
9 Columbus Crew 34 +1 47
10 CF Montréal 34 +2 46
11 Inter Miami CF 34 -17 41
12 Chicago Fire FC 34 -18 34
13 Toronto FC 34 -27 28
14 FC Cincinnati 34 -37 20