Mix Diskerud: “And YES — I have an ambition to continue [my] national team career and get the United States to Russia.” (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports)
By Michael Lewis
Front Row Soccer Editor
New York City FC and U.S. international midfielder Mix Diskerud, who was loaned out to IFK Göteborg Friday, still has ambitions of helping the United States reach the 2018 World Cup.
The midfielder Friday agreed to join the Gothenburg-based outfit until Aug. 27.
Asked what his ambitions were, Diskerud replied, “Making your players even better for the team. There are those who will score goals and keep a clean sheet, because I expect to be put up in the center. And YES – I have an ambition to continue [my] national team career and get the United States to Russia.”
The 26-year-old Diskerud was selected to the 2014 World Cup squad that competeted in Brazil. He wore No. 10, Landon Donovan’s old number, but never saw any playing time.
Diskerud has made 38 international appearances for the USA. He wound up in then head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s doghouse during a World Cup qualifying defeat to Guatemala after failing to cover a player that led to a goal by the Central American side in a USA loss last March.
In an interview with the website NordicBet.com the 26-year-old Diskerud explained why he decided to sign with Göteborg.
“Because it is close to the Bohuslan that my family and I have connections,” he said of the Swedish province that is close to Diskerud’s native Norway. “Especially Hönö and the other islands utterly at the ocean’s edge outside Gothenburg. Hoping to get me something out there.”
Diskerud took a swipe at Major League Soccer during the interview.
“It’s nice to only have to sign for a club and not a league,” he told the website, adding that “I am humble in comparison to maybe getting playing time.”
Sweden’s Allsvenskan league kicks off April 1 when Diserkud will play under head coach Jorgen Lennartsson at IFK Göteborg’s Gamla Ullevi Stadium.
The news of Diskerud’s departure should not come as a surprise, considering the midfielder’s disappointing performance the past two seasons.
Diskerud endured a tough 2016, falling out of favor with the U.S. national team and his club team. He was an invisible man for most of the season at Yankee Stadium.
He earned $761,250 guaranteed last year, according to the MLS Players Union, which did not make the U.S. international a highly sought-after player because he would put most, if not all teams, over the salary cap.