Mix Diskerud (right) has been signed by Manchester City. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
By Michael Lewis
Don’t know about you, but thinking about the latest Mix Diskerud escapade has given me a headache.
Let me see if I got this straight:
The New York City FC reject’s contract was terminated by the Major League Soccer club last year so he could sign with IFK Goteborg (Sweden).
Now, Man City just so happens to own NYCFC, although Diskerud could not cut it with the MLS club. He scored the first goal in NYCFC history and found the net three times in the team’s 2015 inaugural season under head coach Jason Kreis.
Kreis, however, was fired and former French international Patrick Vieira took over as boss for the 2016 season. Diskerud’s value with the team fell like an elevator that had its cables cut.
Diskerud signed a 4 1/2-year contract with the English Premier League club, it was announced Saturday.
Now, the 27-year-old U.S. international won’t practice with Manchester City, which will allow him to train with its reserve side as it tries to find some team that would be interested in taking him on loan or to purchase his contract as the team tries to earn a profit.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Don’t know exactly what how many parties would be interested in Diskerud, since he essentially was considered damaged goods in MLS.
Diskerud is also famous — or is that infamous — for another reason. He wore No. 10 for the U.S. national team – Landon Donovan’s old number after the American legend was cut from the squad by then head coach Jurgen Klinsmann – for the 2014 World Cup team. However, Diskerud never saw any action in Brazil.