Free agent and U.S. national team midfielder Mix Diskerud has landed in the Big Apple, as the Norwegian-American has finally arrived in Major League Soccer.
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Diskerud, 24, has spent his entire career playing in Norway but on Tuesday he signed with New York City FC after they picked him up by using their number one position in the allocation ranking.
The man who has spent the last three seasons at Norwegian powerhouse Rosenborg has made the long-awaited switch to the States after previously coming close to joining both the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers. The tidy midfielder has racked up 25 caps for the U.S. national team and went to the 2014 World Cup with Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad.
Speaking about Diskerud’s signing, NYCFC’s Sportind Director Claudio Reyna called their new man “one of the brightest young talents in U.S. Soccer” and thanked MLS, his father and agent for getting the much speculated deal over the line.
Diskerud is delighted to be working with NYCFC’s manager Jason Kreis and said joining the new MLS franchise was a no-brainer.
“New York City FC have made my wish as an American a reality by giving me the opportunity to play and live in the US. Everybody I have spoken to on the men’s national team about Jason Kreis has spoken highly of him to me,” Diskerud said. “I felt exactly the same way after meeting him. I’m sure he will help me to develop my game, to succeed with our team here in New York and to stay involved with the national team. Coming to play for New York City FC was an easy decision for me.”
It is somewhat surprising that Diskerud has not been signed as a Designated Player but after working the numbers expertly, NYCFC now have the ability to sign one more marquee player before the start of their inaugural MLS season in March.
With David Villa, Frank Lampard (from July onwards…) and now Diskerud on board, NYCFC are putting together a squad of supreme quality. Let’s see how this all slots together.