The first time Mix Diskerud was noticed in recent memory was when he scored a very last-minute goal to earn the USA a 2-2 draw in Russia during a friendly. He is a midfielder who seems to be in the right place at the right time.
Well, this was definitely a factor last night in Columbus when the U.S. hosted Mexico in a huge WC qualifier. He entered a game off the bench with his country clinging onto a 1-0 lead with the crowd going absolutely wild. His cross towards Landon Donovan, who slammed home the second goal of the game for the team, was the final dagger of the night.
The maturity, patience, hustle, accuracy and timing that Diskerud put into that play was simply priceless. At the young age of 22, the midfielder still has so much more to offer.
However, an interesting fact about the young man is that he was born and raised in Norway and has never played for an American team. In fact, he has only played for two Norwegian clubs and one Belgian side. He represented Norway’s U-18 and U-19 sides, but then would go on to play for the USA’s U-20, U-23 and now the senior team. He chose to represent the U.S. because his mother is originally from Arizona.
With Diskerud, the U.S. has truly found a gem that they do not find everyday, or every year for that matter within their own league. The closest player to him is none other than Michael Bradley, who is just as calm, cool and collected in the midfield.
If he is allowed to represent the USA in next year’s World Cup, he will definitely make a difference.