By DAN KARELL
New York City FC may win some much-needed goodwill from their fans with a big signing expected in the coming days.
U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Mix Diskerud is close to signing with NYC FC, according to a report in Goal USA. Diskerud, who is currently a free agent after his contract with Rosenborg expired, considered contract offers in Europe and reportedly one with Club Tijuana before settling on MLS.
It remains unclear whether Diskerud would sign as a Designated Player. Neither MLS nor NYC FC have commented yet on the report.
The deal would be a major coup for both the league and NYC FC, who hold the top spot in the MLS allocation order. MLS tried on two previous occasions to sign the Norwegian-born Diskerud, first for the Portland Timbers in 2013 and then the Columbus Crew in August 2014, with negotiations coming close but never quite materializing in time.
If Diskerud does sign as a Designated Player, he’ll be the team’s third such signing, joining David Villa and Frank Lampard. Lampard won’t be playing with the side until the English Premier League concludes. MLS Commissioner Don Garber hinted that he could arrive in July.
Signing Diskerud to help man the NYC FC midfield in head coach Jason Kreis’ 4-4-2 diamond could give the club a boost in its expansion season.
Over the past 12 months, Diskerud has transitioned into a player receiving regular call-ups to the USMNT. The 24-year-old was a member of the USA’s World Cup squad but didn’t see a minute in the USMNT’s four games. Diskerud has 25 caps for the national team.
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