Diskerud set to be cap-tied to USA with Gold Cup appearance

The Norwegian-American midfielder has committed to the United States, according to Jurgen Klinsmann, and he will be locked in for the future with a Gold Cup appearance.
In addition to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup having extra meaning, with the winner being involved in the first-ever playoff for the region's berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, a byproduct of the tournament is the chance to cap-tie players.

That opportunity has presented itself for the USA to do so with central midfielder Mix Diskerud, and it appears as if the Norwegian-American will become the latest dual-national to be locked into the U.S. system. Diskerud's inclusion on manager Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster Thursday means he is one appearance away from being cap-tied to the USA, with the Gold Cup counting as an 'A' level competition by FIFA standards.

Diskerud, who has never played for Norway and was key member of the U.S. Under-23 national team that failed to qualify for the Olympics, has three senior team caps in friendlies and a goal, taking advantage of the November friendly date in two of the last three years. On his debut in 2010, he set up Juan Agudelo for a late game-winning goal in a 1-0 triumph on the road against South Africa, and in 2012 he scored a late equalizer in Russia to help the USA salvage a 2-2 draw against Fabio Capello's side.

"With Mix we have a very special talent that he already showed with the Olympic team, and he showed that in moments with us that we want to continue to develop," Klinsmann said. "The way how he reads the game, how he smells opportunities to go into the box -- he scored a goal in Russia in the last second there -- we want to continue to build him."

Diskerud is currently at Norwegian club Rosenborg BK, where he has scored two goals in the current season.  There had been speculation that Diskerud may opt to join his native Norway, with reports from Scandinavia in May suggesting that Diskerud turned down Norway's invitation to join the national team for the recent European Under-21 championship. The second he steps onto the field in next month's tournament, all of the uncertainty over his international future will be rendered moot.

"We're happy to have him back," Klinsmann said. "He made his decision to go with us, the U.S., and that's exciting. Obviously when he's playing now a game in the Gold Cup he will be tied to us, and that's great news as well."

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