Mix Diskerud scored his first goal in 13 months, burying a 15-yard chance for new club Goteborg at Sirius on Sunday.
Goteborg is one of four teams with four points through two match days in Sweden’s Allsvenskan.
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Diskerud arrives to the party after a break down the right-wing came with a cross to the back post, and guides his shot back through traffic and into goal.
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.
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.
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 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.