There isn't a team in Major League Soccer in more desperate need of some good news than New York City FC, and that news could come later this week in the form of a talented American midfielder.
Multiple sources have confirmed to Goal USA that NYCFC and MLS are putting the finishing touches on the signing of U.S. national team midfielder Mix Diskerud. Currently out of contract, Diskerud was mulling offers from Europe but now appears ready to sign to play in MLS after two previous failed attempts by the league to secure his services.
NYCFC holds the top spot in the MLS Allocation Order, which is used to determine which teams have first crack at the signing of U.S. national team players coming to MLS (with some high-profile exceptions). The team will use that top allocation spot to select Diskerud once MLS has succeeded in agreeing to a contract with the 24-year-old midfielder, sources tell Goal USA.
It remains unclear whether Diskerud will sign as a designated player. NYCFC currently has two DPs on the books in Frank Lampard and David Villa.
Diskerud came close to signing with the Portland Timbers prior to the 2013 season, but those talks eventually fell through as Diskerud moved to Norwegian club Rosenborg and the Timbers wound up signing Argentine playmaker Diego Valeri. The Columbus Crew also came close to signing Diskerud, but a proposed move last summer fell apart.
Diskerud has been linked to several clubs in recent weeks, including Club Tijuana and Celtic, but sources tell Goal USA he is close to agreeing to a deal that will see him be part of a midfield that will also include Lampard once the English midfielder arrives from Manchester City this summer.