PORTLAND, Ore. – Once Mix Diskerud stepped out onto the turf at JELD-WEN Field for the match against Belize in the Gold Cup on Tuesday, he tied himself permanently to the United States.
Diskerud plays his club ball for Rosenborg in Norway, where he was born. Until appearing in the 6-1 romp, his first appearance for the Stars and Stripes in official competition, he still could have switched. That's no longer an option.
The 22-year-old finished out 90 minutes in central midfield. After the match, he summed up his emotions succinctly.
“Fun, honored and excited,” he said.
Diskerud mentioned that he had a notion he'd start at about 8 a.m. on the day of the game. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed the starting lineup by 10 a.m.
The midfielder had played the second half in a 6-0 tuneup over Guatemala on Friday.
“Against Guatemala the first half was kind of tricky. In this game we scored three goals in the first half,” Diskerud said. “They had one chance; they scored one goal. That happens. But we had control of the whole game.”
Rumors had earlier linked Diskerud with a move to MLS with the Portland Timbers. One reporter asked if he would like to join the club having heard the boisterous the Portland fans.
“I don't know where I'm going to play in the future,” Diskerud said. “I can play probably anywhere in the world.”
That's only true at the club level now.
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