Mix Diskerud won’t be playing for NYC FC this season. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Photo)

By Michael Lewis

Front Row Soccer Editor

Mix Diskerud is no longer in New York City FC’s mix.

The Major League Soccer club Thursday exercised its one offseason buyout of a guaranteed contract on the veteran midfielder as it announced its roster for the coming season Thursday morning.

Diskerud, however, will remain under contract with Major League Soccer.

According to MLS roster rules and regulations, this is the mechanism that NYC FC used:

A club may buy out one player who has a Guaranteed Contract (including a DP’s) during the offseason and free up the corresponding budget space. Such a buyout is at the MLS club’s expense.

A club may not free up room in the salary budget with a buyout of a player’s contract during the season. In the case a team buys out a player’s contract during the season, the buyout amount will be charged against the club’s salary budget.

The news of Diskerud’s departure should not come as a surprise, considering the midfielder’s disappointing performance the past two seasons.

Diskerud, 26, 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 doesn’t make the U.S. international a highly sought-after player because he would put most, if not all teams, over the salary cap.

On Sunday, Diskerud penned a poem about his pending departure.

He wrote:

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”

There was no immediate comment from head coach Patrick Vieira or Diskerud, who is a man without a team, but not without a league today.

The City roster features 12 new offseason additions, including new Designated Player Maxi Moralez, 2015 MLS Cup champion Rodney Wallace, Venezuelan international midfielder Yangel Herrera, former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and international midfielder Miguel Camargo.

Peruvian international defender Alexander Callens, Finnish international midfielder Alex Ring and United Soccer League MVP Sean Okoli also were on the roster as well as first-round MLS SuperDraft selections Jonathan Lewis and Kwame Awuah.

The roster:


Eirik Johansen

Sean Johnson

Andre Rawls


RJ Allen

Kwame Awuah

Frederic Brillant

Alexander Callens

Maxime Chanot

Shannon Gomez

Ronald Matarrita

Ben Sweat

Ethan White


Miguel Camargo

Yangel Herrera

Mikey Lopez

Maxi Moralez

Tommy McNamara

Andrea Pirlo

Alex Ring

John Stertzer

Rodney Wallace


Jack Harrison

Jonathan Lewis

Sean Okoli

Khiry Shelton

David Villa


Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.