By RYAN TOLMICH
After all the cryptic tweets, poetry and speculation, Mix Diskerud is finally bound for the Big Apple.
New York City FC announced Tuesday that it has signed the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder by using the club’s top spot in the allocation rankings. Diskerud has been added via a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with Norway’s Rosenborg.
“New York City FC have made my wish as an American a reality by giving me the opportunity to play and live in the U.S.,” Diskerud said in a statement. “Everybody I have spoken to on the men’s national team about Jason Kreis has spoken highly of him to me. I felt exactly the same way after meeting him.
“I’m sure he will help me to develop my game, to succeed with our team here in New York and to stay involved with the national team. Coming to play for New York City FC was an easy decision for me.”
Diskerud, who played in 59 games and contributed five goals in two-and-a-half seasons with Rosenborg, made his UMSNT debut in 2010 and has scored five international goals, three of which came in 2014.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Mix coming to play in New York,” said NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. “He’s one of the brightest young talents in U.S. soccer and will be a fantastic addition to our club and to MLS.
“Mix is a dynamic midfielder who will easily fit into the style we want to play here in New York City. He keeps possession well and gets everyone involved with his passing range.”
The 24-year-old had been linked with MLS moves in the past two seasons and had also been linked with clubs such as Tijuana and Celtic since his contract expired at the end of 2014. Signing with NYCFC gives Diskerud a chance to ply his trade stateside for the first time after signing with Norway’s Stabaek as an 18-year-old.
“For me, it’s huge for me to come back to the U.S,” Diskerud said in a video released by the club, “because I haven’t really lived in the U.S. All my family, my Norwegian and my American family, live down in Arizona, so I’ve only been here on vacation. I’ve always wanted to move to the states.
“I had offers to go to high school and go to college here, and I was this close, but I wanted to become a professional soccer player in Norway. That’s what happens when you’re 18 and love soccer. This is a whole new situation for me and I can’t wait to live in New York. It’s almost too much to handle. I can’t wait.”
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