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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 26)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 6 ft 12 in (1.84 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
IFK Göteborg
(on loan from New York City)
Number 42
Youth career
2005–2008 Stabæk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Stabæk 81 (10)
2012 Gent (loan) 6 (0)
2012–2014 Rosenborg BK 59 (5)
2015– New York City 39 (4)
2017– IFK Göteborg (loan) 19 (3)
National team
2008–2009 Norway U19 4 (0)
2009 United States U20 3 (1)
2012 United States U23 4 (1)
2010– United States 38 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 14, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 25, 2016

Mikkel Morgenstar Pålssønn "Mix" Diskerud (born October 2, 1990) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for IFK Göteborg 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]

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]

Diskerud was loaned to Belgian Pro League club K.A.A. Gent for the latter part of the 2011–12 season.[11]


In August 2012, Diskerud moved to Tippeligaen club Rosenborg until the end of the 2012.[12][13] After an aborted move to the Portland Timbers in late 2012[14] Diskerud signed an extension with Rosenborg.

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]

In January 2015, Diskerud signed with New York City FC. He scored New York City's first ever MLS goal in an inaugural match draw with Orlando City.[16]

On March 2, 2017, it was announced that New York City bought out Diskerud's contract, releasing him before the beginning of the 2017 season. On March 5, 2017, news came out that Diskerud was still an NYCFC-player and registered with New York City FC.[17] Shortly after, the U.S. international was rumoured to be close to securing a loan to Swedish side IFK Goteborg which would provide "minor salary relief" for New York City FC although they would still remain responsible for paying the bulk of the player's wages.[18]

As part of ESPN FC's MLS Confidential annual anonymous player poll in 2017 which surveyed over 140 of the league's current players, Diskerud was named as "the most overrated player in the league"—receiving 16% of the overall vote.[19]

IFK Göteborg[edit]

In March 2017 Diskerud signed on loan for IFK Göteborg after failing to cement his place with New York City FC. His loan will expire in late August 2017.[20]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played August 14, 2017[21]
Season Club Division League Cup Continental 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 27 3 1 0 28 3
2016 12 1 1 0 13 1
2017 IFK Göteborg Allsvenskan 19 3 1 0 20 3
Career Total 204 22 22 4 19 3 245 29

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]

Mix with U.S. national team

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." [22] In April 2008 he played a tournament for the United States under-20's team,[23] recording three assists during a game against Northern Ireland.[24] A month later, he played for the Norwegian under-18's team against the United States.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

Only weeks later, after several strong performances for his Norwegian club, Stabæk, he was contacted by U.S. 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.[28] 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.[29][30] 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."[31]

Diskerud debuted for the senior team in 2010. He was a member of the squad that won the 2013 Gold Cup. He later was a member of the squad for the 2014 World Cup, although he failed to make an appearance at the tournament.





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.) 
  3. ^ a b Tveit, Morten (April 23, 2008). "Mikkel Diskerud på landslaget" (in Norwegian). Stabæk Fotball. Retrieved March 23, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Vik, Marius (February 6, 2009). "Stortalent kan droppe Norge". Budstikka (in Norwegian). Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ Øen, Sindre (June 10, 2006). "Stabæk 2 stjal poeng". Budstikka (in Norwegian). Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Stabæk norgesmestere". Budstikka (in Norwegian). November 1, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  7. ^ Sjølie, Mette (July 16, 2008). "Diskerud helt i skyene". Budstikka (in Norwegian). Retrieved April 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ Strømnes, Andre (February 2, 2009). "Diskerud helt i skyene". Budstikka (in Norwegian). Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  9. ^ Lyngøy, Roar (March 8, 2009). "Ordentlig klønete. Urutinert.". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  10. ^ Hoff, Jørgen Bohnhorst (March 22, 2009). "Sjokkert Stabæk-helt". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
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  13. ^ Seltzer, Greg. "American Exports: Diskerud to get extension at Rosenborg". MLS Soccer. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  14. ^ Labidou, Alex. "Mikkel Diskerud talks about U.S. future and failed Portland Timbers move". Goal.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Molde – Rosenborg 4 – 2" (in Norwegian). NIFS. November 24, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.nycfc.com/post/2015/01/13/new-york-city-fc-sign-usmnt%E2%80%99s-mix-diskerud
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  18. ^ "Mix Diskerud near loan to Sweden's IFK Goteborg after NYCFC exit - source". ESPN FC. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
  19. ^ "MLS Confidential: Players polled on pro/rel, Beckham Miami team, salaries, Donovan return, Giovinco snub, more". ESPN FC. March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2017. 
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  21. ^ "Mix Diskerud". Norsk & Internasjonal Fotballstatistikk (in Norwegian). Bergensavisen. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  22. ^ Murray, Caitlin (May 17, 2014). "Diskerud looking to bring special mix to U.S. World Cup team". SoccerByIves.net. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ Dale, Richard Sveaas (April 18, 2008). "Suksess for Diskerud". Budstikka (in Norwegian). Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  24. ^ "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. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  25. ^ Aas, Erlend M. (May 21, 2008). "Berget senket USA" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  26. ^ Madsen, Christer (March 11, 2009). "Vi er i rute til EM-mellomspillet" (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ 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. 
  29. ^ "U.S. U-20 MNT Tops Egypt in First of Two Friendlies Against U-20 WC Host". United States Soccer Federation. June 27, 2009. Archived from the original on July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 2, 2009. 
  30. ^ Hastings, Adam (June 29, 2009). "U.S. U20s Play Pair Of Friendlies Against Egypt". Goal.com. Retrieved July 2, 2009. 
  31. ^ Latham, Brent (July 16, 2009). "YA Exclusive: Diskerud in the Mix". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 

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