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NYCFC’s, er, Man City’s Diskerud back on loan to Goteborg

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Mix Diskerud’s last 11 months are something else when laid out, line-by-line.

March 2017:  Leaves NYCFC, on loan to Goteborg

December 2017: “Back” to NYCFC from Goteborg

Jan. 2018: Transfered from NYCFC to Man City

Friday: Back to Goteborg, on loan from Man City

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Diskerud, 27, seemed destined for a return to Goteborg after leaving Patrick Vieira’s NYCFC last season. He was a regular for the Swedish side at defensive mid and right mid, missing only one of 30 starts (yellow card accumulation).

But Manchester City bought his rights from NYCFC instead of Goteborg, and now Diskerud rejoins the club that very much appreciates him until… Man City says so?

It’s weird.

Diskerud had five goals and four assists for Goteborg, one of their more effective players according to advanced stats site WhoScored.com.

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.

Goteborg apologizes over crowd trouble at abandoned match

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GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) Swedish club IFK Goteborg has apologized for crowd trouble that resulted in a league match against Malmo being abandoned after a firework landed next to a visiting player warming up on the sidelines and he responded angrily.

Wednesday’s game was interrupted in the 77th minute, with the score at 0-0, when a firecracker tossed from the crowd exploded next to midfielder Tobias Sana, a former Goteborg player. Jolted by the loud bang, Sana reacted by throwing a corner flag into the stands.

[ WATCH: Sana throws corner flag into Goteborg fans ]

Match officials decided to abandon the match, saying a linesman who was also near the firework when it exploded was shocked by the incident.

Sana, who said he had a headache and ear pain following the incident, apologized for his actions.

“Now that I’ve gotten over the shock, I feel it was the stupidest decision of my life,” Sana said Thursday in statement. “There are many young people who look up to me so I really want to apologize.”

Malmo said that Sana wouldn’t face any sanctions from the club.

In a move suggesting the firework was thrown by home fans, Goteborg posted an apology on its website directed at Malmo, match officials and the spectators. The club could face sanctions from the Swedish football association’s disciplinary committee.

There was another security incident on a chaotic evening in Goteborg. After the match was suspended, a Norwegian hockey player ran onto the field, reportedly as part of a bet with teammates at recently crowned Swedish champion Frolunda.

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Newspaper Aftonbladet said Mats Rosseli Olsen, who played for Norway at the Sochi Olympics, was charged with a public order offense and could face fines.

Frolunda director Christian Lechtaler told Swedish news agency TT that Olsen’s behavior would have “consequences” but didn’t elaborate.

“Mats is very regretful and doesn’t feel good at all about this,” Lechtaler said.

Swedish football has been marred by crowd problems for years, including fans throwing objects at players and match officials and brawling with each other before or after games. Two years ago, a Djurgarden fan was killed after being attacked by hooligans ahead of an away match against Helsingborg.

WATCH: Malmo player throws corner flag like javelin into opposing fans

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Call it “How To Get a Match Abandoned 101”.

Malmo winger Tobias Sana, twice-capped by Sweden and formerly of Ajax, went directly into soccer infamy Wednesday when he tossed a corner flag, point-first into a crowd of opposing supporters. Reports claim a firework was tossed at him.

Yes, fans of Goteborg essentially had a javelin tossed at them.

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It seems no one was hurt, but it’s an absolutely inexcusable event regardless of what befell Sana (Yes, somehow even the firework). Whether he was the victim of any kind of vile taunts, he’s neither in the Avengers nor the alter ego of Hawkeye.

Incredibly dangerous stuff here, and even more shame deserves to fall on the fans who incited the moment.

Bob Bradley’s talks with a Swedish club have broken down; Staying at Stabaek?

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Bob Bradley’s first year at Stabaek was a success; The American coach kept the Norwegian club up despite fears of relegation and went deep into the domestic cup tournament.

And it’s little surprise that the former USMNT and Egypt coach has become a more attractive candidate after some success in club soccer. After all, he had been coaching international soccer since leaving Chivas USA in 2006.

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So Swedish club IFK Goteborg came calling for Bradley, and he reportedly was interested in the gig. The former European finalists are perceivably a step-up from Stabaek, which Bradley recently called “a selling club”.

But MLSSoccer.com reports that talks broke down when Goteborg refused to let Bradley bring assistant Tomasz Kaczmarek with him.

The longtime United States national team head coach and former Egypt boss has one year left on his contract with the Tippeligaen side, but recently revealed he has received interest from clubs across Europe since league play ended on Nov. 9.

Meanwhile, Stabæk chairman Espen Moe has declared that he will continue to fight off any suitors in order to keep hold of the first American ever to coach a top flight European club.

“We have lived with rumors surrounding Bradley since day one,” Moe told Budstikka on Monday. “We have a good dialogue with Bradley and feel confident that he will continue in the team next season.”

No surprise, considering Bradley’s been referred to as “the best coach that’s ever been” at his Norwegian club. And to have success at a club like Goteborg, which will be in the Europa League next season, would be a big step for Bradley’s career. We’ll be following who else comes calling for the Princeton man.