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Diskerud “needed some Zen” to deal with NYCFC situation

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Mix Diskerud’s parlance often seems summoned directly from the Beat Generation, and the USMNT midfielder visited that era again in an interview with Bob Williams.

Diskerud, 26, joined Goteborg on loan from New York City FC last week, and made his debut for the Swedish club at the weekend. The midfielder played seven minutes as a substitute in the Svenska Cupen tournament.

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We encourage you to read the whole interview, in which Diskerud admits he’s “infatuated” with the idea of playing for the USMNT again, but here are a couple choice cuts regarding his absence from the NYCFC fold (he’s open to a return) and his wild poem that foreshadowed his exit:

Q  How frustrating has it been not being able to play competitively in the past year or so?
A Took some Zen to deal with it.

Q What did your recent Instagram poem mean?
A Don’t just consider what the author thinks. Consider what you think.

USMNT midfielder Diskerud heads to Goteborg

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Mix Diskerud has indeed found a home in Sweden with Goteborg.

The 26-year-old midfielder fell out of favor under Patrick Vieira at New York City FC, and the MLS club bought him out of his contract.

His rights remained with MLS, and Diskerud is using the loan route in reuniting with a former manager. The loan will run through Aug. 27, 2017, according to NYCFC.

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Jorgen Lennartson managed Diskerud at Stabaek, where the midfielder built his name before moving to Gent on loan and Rosenborg full-time.

Diskerud was a highly-coveted player when he chose NYCFC in 2015, but finished his tenure in the Big Apple with just four goals in 41 matches.

His career with the USMNT has stalled, too. In 38 caps he has six goals, but his equalizer against Germany in 2015 seems further back than 20 months.

Here’s hoping Diskerud gets his game back together, as 26 still leaves some room to maneuver.

Report: Diskerud off to Sweden to rebuild career

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Mix Diskerud’s found a place to stay in shape and the market window, and it is not in Major League Soccer.

Bought out last week by New York City FC, the USMNT midfielder saw his playing rights still controlled by MLS.

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He’ll reportedly dance off to Goteborg in Sweden on a short-term loan, according to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle:

The source said the loan, if completed, would provide “minor salary relief only” to Diskerud’s former club, New York City FC, which would still be responsible for paying the bulk of the player’s wages.

With 38 caps and six goals at age 26, Diskerud is plenty experienced and should find regular playing time under Jörgen Lennartsson, his former manager at Stabaek.

It’s low risk for the mid, who could become a staple for the Swedish side which has been in the UEFA Europa League in each of the last four seasons.

New York City FC buys out Diskerud, rights still with MLS

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New York City FC has released its 2017 roster, and it does not include USMNT midfielder Mix Diskerud.

The MLS side bought out Diskerud, who remains under contract with Major League Soccer, meaning there would have to be compensation or an arrangement for him to move to a European club.

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Diskerud, 26, fell out with coach Patrick Vieira last season and made the bench only once. His last appearance was a June 16 loss to the New York Cosmos in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

If he does leave MLS, his career numbers representing NYCFC will be 41 matches with four goals and two assists.

It’s still wild that a league owns the rights to a player, but such is life in MLS.

Anyway, if you missed it, here’s Diskerud’s Instagram post from a couple nights ago, the one that foreshadowed his departure from NYCFC.

Is NYCFC showing Mix Diskerud the door? (Photo)

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Since arriving on the New York City scene two years ago it’s fair to summarize Mix Diskerud’s tenure with New York City FC as a disappointment.

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While the expectations of a quick transition from life in Europe to MLS were surely massive, the 26-year-old midfielder has failed to live up to the billing of not only being one of the NYCFC’s highest-paid players but also as a potential U.S. Men’s National Team candidate.

Diskerud saw his playing time dwindle down from 23 starts in 2015 to nine this past season under new manager Patrick Vieira, and it doesn’t appear that the Norwegian-American will see an influx of opportunities during the upcoming 2017 season.

Rumors have surfaced throughout the offseason about NYCFC potentially buying out Diskerud’s contract, however, the midfielder’s cryptic post to social media on Sunday afternoon suggests that he may not be in New York for much longer.

Somebody told me I'm not part of a plan and if he was I – he'd run like the others ran 'cause the budget is tight and binding contracts might be broken, to improve 5-6 positions – in exchange for only one man. – He went on to say; "the message is clear – unless you're clueless – 'cause you've lived it all'year since the budget is tight and binding contracts might not need to be broken if…. you crack, kneel or leave the hemisphere" – Who could tell so straight and clearly tales of destiny I fight sincerely when mental games are attempting aims to make me rage severely? – On and on the conversation went about money spent and special rules and mgt's tools and something about allocation being different cent – I wish I had right there – my pad 'cause then my favorite line fused by Robin Williams spine would play dead poets – real bad

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It has been suggested that Diskerud would possibly consider a return to Europe in the event that his contract was in fact bought out, however, the difference in salaries would likely be drastic.

According to figures released by the MLS Players’ Union, Diskerud made $761,250 in 2016, which was the fourth-highest salary on NYCFC books behind only David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, each of whom were classified as Designated Players.