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NYCFC exercises buyout on Diskerud

Photo by Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports

Photo by Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports

The offseason saga of Mix Diskerud has come to a close, at least the chapter at New York City FC. The castoff midfielder, who was not a part of Patrick Vieira’s plans in the preseason, is now free to find a new home.

While announcing its 2017 regular-season roster, NYCFC also made it public that it exercised the one allotted buyout of a guaranteed contract on Diskerud’s deal.

Diskerud came to NYCFC for its expansion season amid some fanfare following his inclusion in the USMNT’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. Since the club’s inaugural season, where he played 27 matches, the midfielder has dropped off the MLS and USMNT radars.

The 26-year-old is still under contract with MLS, but there is no guarantee he’ll sign with any of the other 21 clubs in the league given his high salary demands. When he does find a new club, Diskerud will try to get back into the USMNT picture, potentially for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup if everything goes his way. Diskerud has six goals in38 appearances for the USMNT.

15 comments
  • whammmm

    “exercised the one allotted buyout of a guaranteed contract” – Bananas. The coddling and catering to big market clubs is getting old. Make a mistake, pay for it… no lesson learned here. Mix is better off somewhere else but that isn’t the point. (I doubt he finds his way back to the nats regardless) NYCFC shouldn’t be getting bailed out for an awful contract decision.

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    • SilverRey

      Unless he’s going to Norway or Russia, I think most of the Euro windows are closed right now.

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      • Dave

        He is a free agent, he can sign with anyone because he is not a transfer per se

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      • Old School

        Fair point, but I should have expanded on my point: NYCFC knew he wasn’t “a part of their plans” when the European transfer window was open (both, in fact if we’re going back to summer).

        I struggle to believe they couldn’t find a single suitor to raise some amount of funds, no matter how small, for his services. It just seems like MLS has no idea how to utilize the transfer market when selling players, but perhaps there was legitimately no suitors.

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      • Kid C

        Struggle? Who is going to pay any amount of money for a player who could not get off an MLS bench?

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      • Old School

        Struggle? Who is going to pay any amount of money for a player who could not get off an MLS bench?

        It’s a fair question, but history has shown there’s almost always a suitor that believes one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This is the transfer market and there’s endless leagues throughout the world…watch the market enough and you’ll see more than enough examples of players in the exact same situations sold. Even if it’s just for a bag of balls.

        Yes, struggle.

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  • IvanRG

    I hope a team like Xolos picks him up. I still believe Diskerud is a heck of a talent, and should have gone there instead of MLS. A coach like Piojo Herrera would be a huge help, there are no limit to foreigners anymore and he would getr to play in more technical league that fits his creativity and skillset. would be a great fit in Tijuana.

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  • Patrick

    While I would love to have him at DCU, he is pretty expensive for what he brings.

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    • Nate Dollars

      agreed; i’ve always enjoyed his play with the national team.

      either way, i’m with ivan above: liga mx seems like a great fit for him, and they wouldn’t balk as much at his salary.

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