The United States under-20 team won once and drew once in two back-to-back friendlies against the Egypt U20 team.The United States U20 team defeated Egypt’s U20s on Sunday 1-0 and drew 1-1 on Monday. Late addition Mikkel Diskerud had the lone goal in Saturday’s match, from a give and go with Tony Taylor. Taylor finished his trip with a second-half penalty kick goal on Monday for the U.S. to earn the draw.
Brian Perk continues to shine for the U20’s, posting a clean sheet on Saturday. Perk has only allowed one goal in six international matches this year. He has surely locked up the anchor spot for the U.S. when the U20 World Cup starts Sept. 24 in Egypt.
While his number one goalkeeper is set, Thomas Rongen is still fine-tuning his roster ahead of the U20 World Cup. The trip to Egypt was supposed to help decide positions, but the U.S. coach might have another battle on his hands thanks to Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud.
On Friday, Diskerud was added as the 19th man on the roster. The midfielder scored the winner for the U.S. on Saturday and then got on a plane back to Norway to play for his club team Stabaek on Monday. Diskerud came on for Stabaek in the 70th minute and helped the Norwegian club find a 80th minute winner in a comeback 2-1 triumph over Brann Bergen.
Diskerud is an Norwegian central midfielder with an American mother. He has played for both U.S. and Norwegian youth teams and has been quoted as saying “first come, first served,” as in which senior national team calls him in will be his choice. He has already garnered much attention with Stabaek, getting into the starting eleven for the La Manga Cup in 2009 and scoring just two minutes into the game.
Adam Hastings, Goal.com
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