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.

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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