In the Mix for USA vs Russia
- Updated: October 31, 2012
Rosenborg BK midfielder Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud, one of the most enigmatic young prospects for the United States Men’s National Soccer Team, has been called up by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the up coming friendly against Russia, according to a source in the USSF who declined to be identified. This would be Mix’s second cap with the senior national team, and his first since assisting a game winning goal against South Africa in November 2010.
In addition at 7:30 Tuesday night Diskerud tweeted simply “Jurgen…” Similar tweets from other players have heralded unexpected callups; Terrance Boyd, Bill Hamid and Eddie Johnson all indirectly announced their callups days before the official roster release for camps in 2012. Coach Klinsmann has made a habit of not releasing camp lists until 3 or 4 days before matches.
Diskerud was one of the few bright spots for the doomed US Olympic qualifying effort earlier this year, manning the 10 for Caleb Porter’s side in the 4-3-3 and directing the offense as a deep center midfielder. Seen as a potential heir to Claudio Reyna with the national team, he has been hampered by an erratic club career. He came to prominence in Norway with Stabaek before being loaned to Belgian side Gent in January 2012. Failing to catch on with the first team, he found his way to back to Norway, where he has been solid for perrenial league power Rosenborg, helping them to second place in a strong Europa League group.
Eligible to play either for the US or his parents native Norway and not formally cap-tied, Mix raised the collective heart rates of USMNT fans this past summer when rumors spread that he had accepted a callup to a Norwegian U-23 camp. These were later revealed to be based on a mistranslated tweet. The upcoming friendly in Russia will not tie Diskerud to the US.
The extraordinary number of matches coming up for the US in 2013, up to 24 including the hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying, the Gold Cup regional championship and a number of friendlies means that Klinsmann will need to dig much deeper into the player pool than any US coach in the last 8 years. The Diskerud callup is likley just the first of several such opportunities for fringe national teamers.
Update: It has been revealed that Diskerud’s tweet was intact trolling the US fanbase. The author of the post however stands by his sourced report.
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