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- DOB October 2, 1990
- Age 23
- Place of birth Oslo, Norway
- POSITION Midfielder
- HEIGHT 6'0"
- WEIGHT 150
- U.S. CAPS 13
- CLUB Rosenborg
- TWITTER @mixdiskerud (15.7K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 15
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 19
- Youth Experience U-20, U-23
Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud has a soft demeanor, a sweet, constantly smiling face, and an on-field vision that makes him a threat whenever he has the ball. The midfielder, the son of an American mother and a Norwegian father, spent his youth in his dad's home country and credits another sport for developing his field sense: basketball. "Playing point guard gave me an advantage to read plays early on the soccer field as a center midfielder. It helped me a lot," he told ESPN.Where the player ends up on the U.S. depth chart still remains to be settled as well. Diskerud has long been heralded as a future standout for the Yanks—and has impressed in his limited action with the full team—but whether he’ll make the 23-man roster for Brazil remains to be seen. The Gold Cup could be a make-or-break tournament for him in his quest to move ahead of Joe Corona and Jose Torres in the U.S. No. 10 role.
Diskerud suited up for the U.S. U-20 team against Northern Ireland in 2008, but also played for Norway's youth sides that year. The Rosenborg BK player might never have returned to the Stars and Stripes were it not for a fortuitous encounter with the American team. "[Then U-20 coach Thomas Rongen and I] met at the Chivas Tournament in Mexico. The U.S. team wanted to play Stabæk’s juniors for a friendly after we exited the tourney. Rongen spotted me, came over, and asked for my nationality as I was about to take a corner kick for Stabæk against the USA. It was the weirdest corner preparation I have had. We didn't score on that corner. Maybe he did," he told Goal.com.
Diskerud quickly rose through the American system, earning a start in the 2009 U-20 World Cup and his first full national team cap in South Africa on November 17, 2010. (Also getting his first senior team appearance that day: Juan Agudelo.) Diskerud also started on the U-23 team that failed to qualify for the 2012 World Cup, showing off creativity and a growing understanding with the midfielders and forwards on that team.
The Americans have good depth in the center of the field right now, so Diskerud—currently at Rosenborg BK—often finds himself on the outside looking in. But after scoring a last-gasp equalizer as a sub against Russia in November, perhaps his days on the edge of the national team picture are coming to a close, especially if the slight midfielder continues to improve in Europe.
Noteworthy ReadsNorwegian-American Chooses Sides (ESPN.com)
Give & Go: US U-20 Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud (Goal.com)
Mikkel Diskerud Gets Shot at U.S. Natioanal Team (ESPN.com)