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MLS Ticker: Diskerud back on NYCFC roster, Frei close to returning and more

Photo by Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports
Photo by Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports

The curious tale of Mix Diskerud’s whereabouts and club future took its latest turn, as the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder was named to the New York City FC roster for the Desert Diamond Cup.

Although he was named to the squad for the preseason tournament, Diskerud won’t be in the club’s plans for the 2017 season, according to Empire of Soccer

Diskerud is a precarious position because NYCFC does not want him back and his current MLS salary is too much for most clubs in and out of the league to take on. That means the midfielder will have to take a pay cut to move somewhere inside the league or back to Norway, which seems like the better option at this point in time.

Stefan Frei close to return

After seeing his time at USMNT January camp cut short by an injury, Stefan Frei appears to ready for a full return as the Seattle Sounders finish up their preseason preparations for the 2017 MLS season.

Frei spoke at an event in Seattle over the weekend and said he is getting close to a return ahead of the new campaign.

“It’s good,” Frei said. “I’ve had two full keeper sessions completed. We’re slowly getting into uncontrolled situations where you maybe step a little bit wrong and you realize your ankle is fine and learning to trust your body again. I’m expecting to join the team in full in the next couple days.”

Referee could leave Premier League for MLS

We’re used to hearing rumors about big names from the Premier League joining MLS, but not a referee.

A report in the Daily Mail claims Mark Clattenburg could make a move to MLS or the Chinese Super League due to increased scrutiny of his officiating in the Premier League.

Former Premier League referee Howard Webb recently moved to the United States to manage the Video Assistant Referee program.

FC Dallas draw Lanus in preseason friendly

FC Dallas’ final match of its preseason trip to Argentina ended in a 1-1 draw with Lanus on Tuesday morning.

Atiba Harris finished off a Kellyn Acosta free kick in the 35th minute to equalize for FC Dallas, who played its starters for 45 minutes before the reserves took to the pitch.

The FC Dallas reserves fell 2-0 to the Lanus reserves in the second friendly on Tuesday morning. Paxton Pomykal, Jesus Ferreira and Jacori Hayes were a part of the Dallas second unit.


  1. I agree with the lamps/pirlo idea, it was crowded at CM. He has played well with the national team, I mean what exactly happened? You’re telling me that he isn’t good enough? I think his confidence is shot, and needs a coach that believes in him.

  2. Mix could help out somewhere and NYC needs help. I don’t get the way this is going down.

    They played Lampard and Pirlo who are in way over their heads?……but won’t play Mix.
    OK. Dumb. If he is your best option and you are paying him, play him.

  3. Why would Mix take a pay cut. If NYCFC doesn’t want him,…they should have to pay another MLS club to take him off their hands. Mix,…you have a contract,….make them pay you.

    • Agree. I don’t understand what’s so special with his situation. Not uncommon for players underperform relative to their contract. You either still play them if they are good enough for you or keep offering to pay higher and higher portion of his salary until someone wants him. For example, no one will will take hi, at $750k, but if nycfc pays $500k, for $250k there will be several takers.

  4. Never thought Mix was a world beater, but I thought he was a good option off the bench for the USMNT. I hope he lands in a good situation and starts getting regular minutes again. Crazy to think that his big contract with NYCFC is not coming back to bite him in the butt…

    • Message from Rob:

      Of course he is not playing well in MLS. Anyone would struggle with teammates who have no idea how to play soccer.

      • I said it from the beginning and people here took offense. If not for the fact he’s a dual national he’d still be playing in the frozen fields of Norway for 1/10th what he’s making right now. Contrary to what some people here believe choosing to play for the USNT doesn’t automatically makes a player any better. He still sucks.
        Some of you hold mls to such a low regard.

      • HEB/rob… I have literally never seen anyone here say Mix is stellar OR that choosing to play for the USMNT automatically makes someone better. The latter doesn’t even make sense. People like you are the ones who hold MLS in low regard, it’s almost like you’re arguing with yourself. Very strange.

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