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Mix Diskerud
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Diskerud with the United States in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mikkel Morgenstar Pålssønn Diskerud[1]
Date of birth (1990-10-02) October 2, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York City
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2008 Stabæk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Stabæk 81 (10)
2012 Gent (loan) 6 (0)
2012–2014 Rosenborg 59 (5)
2015– New York City 19 (3)
National team
2008 Norway U18 1 (0)
2008 Norway U19 2 (0)
2009 United States U20 3 (1)
2012 United States U23 4 (1)
2010– United States 33 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 26, 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 23, 2015

Mikkel Morgenstar Pålssønn "Mix" Diskerud (born October 2, 1990) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for New York City FC in Major League Soccer and the United States national team.

His mother coined his nickname "Mix" when he was learning to walk, as he had lots of energy and ran around the house like a mixmaster.[2]

Diskerud was also named to the 2014 United States Men's National Team FIFA World Cup roster, but did not receive any playing time in the tournament.

Club career[edit]


Born in Oslo, Norway, to an American mother and Norwegian father, Diskerud started his career in Frigg,[3] and was discovered by Stabæk during a district tournament in Oslo.[4] He joined their junior team in 2005, at the same time attending the sport school Norwegian College of Elite Sport.[3] Starting in the 2006 season,[5] he played regularly for the club's B team in the Norwegian Second Division over the next seasons. In 2008 he also helped the club's junior team win the Norwegian Junior Cup (U-19).[6]

He made his debut for the first team in a 2008 Norwegian Football Cup match against Vestfossen IF.[7] He was then named in the starting eleven in the 2009 La Manga Cup, scoring after two minutes in his first match.[8] He also played as a substitute in the Super Final, the Norwegian Super Cup, one week before the league opener.[9] He was benched in the opening match, but in the second match against SK Brann, he was allowed to make his debut in a regular first-team match. He came in as a substitute some ten minutes before full-time and scored the equalizer in the 84th minute; the game ended 1–1.[10]

K.A.A. Gent[edit]

On January 31, 2012 Diskerud moved to Belgian Pro League club K.A.A. Gent on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[11]


On August 9, 2012 Diskerud moved to Tippeligaen club Rosenborg until the end of the 2012.[12] Rosenborg BK have reported that they plan to offer Diskerud to a long-term contract extension.[13] Diskerud nearly moved to Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers in late 2012, but that deal fell apart due to a disagreement over MLS transfer policies,[14] and Diskerud elected to stay with Rosenborg.

On November 24, 2013, Diskerud scored Rosenborg's equalizing goal in the final of the Norwegian Football Cup, but it proved to be only a consolation as the club lost 4–2 to Molde.[15]

New York City FC[edit]

On January 13, 2015, New York City FC announced they had signed Diskerud. He scored New York City's first ever MLS goal, making it 1–0 against Orlando City in a game that eventually finished 1–1.[16] On June 13, 2015 in a game against Montreal, he, alongside David Villa and Kwadwo Poku, scored a goal (which was his second of the season) in a 3-1 victory.On July 26, 2015 Diskerud came on as a sub against Orlando City SC and scored his third goal of the season in a 5–3 victory.[17]

Club statistics[edit]

As of July 31, 2015[18]
Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008 Stabæk Tippeligaen 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
2009 21 3 4 1 5 0 30 4
2010 30 4 3 2 2 0 35 6
2011 30 3 3 0 0 0 33 3
2011–12 Gent Belgian Pro League 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2012 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 11 1 0 0 7 1 18 2
2013 26 2 5 1 0 0 31 3
2014 22 2 2 0 5 2 29 4
2015 New York City Major League Soccer 15 3 1 0 16 3
Career Total 161 18 20 4 19 3 200 25

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 14, 2012 Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia  Russia
2. July 21, 2013 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, United States  El Salvador
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3. May 27, 2014 Candlestick Park, San Francisco, United States  Azerbaijan
4. October 10, 2014 Rentscher Field, East Hartford, United States  Ecuador
5. November 18, 2014 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland
6. June 10, 2015 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany  Germany

International career[edit]

Diskerud has appeared for the U.S. national team many times since 2010, participating in the 2012 Olympic qualifiers, 2013 Gold Cup, and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Diskerud was selected to be a part of the US team going to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and was handed the #10 shirt, previously worn by the omitted Landon Donovan. Diskerud subsequently scored his third international goal during the first send-off friendly against Azerbaijan on May 27, 2014. Despite being on the final roster, Diskerud did not appear in any games for the U.S. in the 2014 World Cup.

International eligibility and youth teams[edit]

Diskerud's mother is from Arizona, originally making him eligible to represent either the United States or Norway.[4] While Diskerud was playing for Norway, United States U-20 coach Thomas Rongen approached him as he was preparing to take a corner, and asked if he had an American passport, to which Diskerud answered, "yes." [19] In April 2008 he played a tournament for the United States under-20's team,[20] recording three assists during a game against Northern Ireland.[21] A month later, he played for the Norwegian under-18's team against the United States.[22] In February 2009, when asked about his future plans for international play, he replied that it does not really matter which country he represents. He used the phrase "first-come, first-served", meaning that he will respond to the first international call-up from either country.[4] In March 2009 he played for the Norwegian under-19's team.[23] He later stated that he would likely accept any future call ups from US Soccer but had not heard from them since the youth tournament in 2008.[24]

Only weeks later, after several strong performances for his Norwegian club, Stabæk, he was contacted by US Soccer about attending an under-20's camp in May 2009. He had to turn down the invitation due to his role in Stabæk and that the camp schedule conflicts with the Norwegian season.[25] However, Diskerud traveled with the U.S. under-20 team to Egypt in June 2009 for one of two friendlies, and he scored his first goal against Egypt.[26][27] His appearance in the Egyptian friendly signaled his final choice for international play for the United States, saying "I am a Norwegian-American. I would love to play for both countries, but I can't."[28]





United States


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  2. ^ Vatn, Ida-Marie (April 15, 2009). "Derfor heter han Mix". TV 2 Sporten (in Norwegian) (Oslo, Norway). Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2009. Mikkel begynte nærmest å løpe før han begynte å gå. Da han var liten løp han rundt i huset, så jeg kalte han for «Min lille mixmaster». Så ble det forkortet til Mix (English: Mikkel almost began to run before he could walk. When he was little he ran around the house, so I called him for 'My little mixmaster.' So, it was shortened to Mix.) 
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  21. ^ "U.S. Under-20 MNT Evens Record at Campos Verde International With 3–0 Win Over Northern Ireland". Beja, Portugal: United States Soccer Federation. April 16, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2009. [dead link]
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  23. ^ Madsen, Christer (March 11, 2009). "Vi er i rute til EM-mellomspillet" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  24. ^ Latham, Brent (March 18, 2009). "Diskerud: I'd Like to Hear From the US". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved March 23, 2009. After I played for the US in Portugal, I never got a call back...I would say yes. I am very sure I would do something like that. 
  25. ^ Latham, Brent (April 15, 2009). "US invite Diskerud to May camp". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved April 16, 2009. They asked me to a camp in Florida in May, but my team had to say no. Right now I'm pretty important to them and that's the middle of the season, so they think it's unnecessary. 
  26. ^ "U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Egypt in First of Two Friendlies Against U-20 WC Host". United States Soccer Federation. June 27, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009. [dead link]
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