US national team midfielder Mix Diskerud is currently a free agent, free to sign with any club anywhere in the world, but all of that could be about to change, according to a Thursday report out of Mexico.
Diskerud, 24, is reportedly close to joining fellow USMNTers Joe Corona and Greg Garza by signing a contract with Club Tijuana in Mexico’s Liga MX, accoring to Mexican journalist Raul Guzman. Additional reports on Thursday seemed to back up Guzman’s initial report, while warning a contract has not yet been signed.
— Raul Guzman (@raulguzman) December 18, 2014
The Norwegian-born midfielder will officially leave Rosenborg when his contract expires on Dec. 31, but is currently able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club in any country outside of Norway. Diskerud spent three seasons at Rosenborg, where he scored nine first-team goals in 78 appearances.
In recent weeks, Diskerud has documented in great depth his offseason travels throught the western half of the United States — San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas — alongside Corona and USMNT pal DeAndre Yedlin.
Along with Corona and Garza, Club Tijuana boasts an already impressive number of young American players including Alejandro Guido, Paul Arriola, Amando Moreno, John Requejo and Fernando Arce, Jr. While a move south of the border would land Diskerud amongst plenty of friendly company, it does go against USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s much-stated preference of players playing “at the highest level,” in his mind meaning Europe.
Diskerud came close to signing with two MLS clubs — Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew SC — on two different occasions over the last two years, but failed to secure a move on both occasions, opting to stay in Norway until his contract ran down instead.