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Mikkel Diskerud
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Diskerud with the United States in 2013
Personal information
Full nameMikkel Morgenstar Pålssønn Diskerud [1]
Date of birth (1990-10-02) October 2, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 6 ft 12 in (1.84 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ulsan Hyundai
(on loan from Manchester City)
Number 42
Youth career
2005–2008 Stabæk
Senior career*
2008–2012 Stabæk 81 (10)
2012Gent (loan) 6 (0)
2012–2014 Rosenborg 59 (5)
2015–2017 New York City 39 (4)
2017IFK Göteborg (loan) 29 (5)
2018– Manchester City 0 (0)
2018IFK Göteborg (loan) 12 (2)
2018–Ulsan Hyundai (loan) 17 (2)
National team
2008 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 onlyand correct as of December 20, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 25, 2016

Mikkel Morgenstar Pålssønn "Mix" Diskerud (born October 2, 1990) is a Norwegian-born American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Ulsan Hyundai, on loan from Manchester City. He has represented the United States national team.

Association football team field sport

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Midfielder association football position played on both ends of the field

midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.

Manchester City F.C. association football club

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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


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]

Oslo Place in Østlandet, Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence, and with Sweden from 1814 to 1905 it functioned as a co-official capital. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city's name was spelled Kristiania between 1877 and 1897 by state and municipal authorities. In 1925 the city was renamed Oslo.

Frigg Oslo FK association football club

Frigg Oslo Fotballklubb is a Norwegian sports club from Majorstua in Oslo.

Stabæk Fotball association football club

Stabæk Fotball is a Norwegian association football club based in Bærum, a suburb of Oslo. It is part of the multi-sport organization Stabæk IF. Founded in 1912, the club’s name is an archaic spelling of the suburban area Stabekk, from which it once originated. The club currently plays in Eliteserien, the Norwegian top division. Their home stadium is the Nadderud Stadion after a three-year-long stay at the Telenor Arena. Their current chairman is Espen Moe.

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]

The 2008 Norwegian Football Cup was the 103rd season of Norwegian annual knockout football tournament. The competition started on 10 May 2008 with the first-round games and ended on 9 November 2008 with the final. The defending champions were Lillestrøm.

Vestfossen IF

Vestfossen Idrettsforening is a Norwegian sports club from Vestfossen, Øvre Eiker, Buskerud. It has sections for association football, team handball, Nordic skiing, gymnastics and tennis.

La Manga Cup is a winter football tournament played in La Manga Club, La Manga del Mar Menor. Usual participants are clubs from countries with a summer football season: Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States and Canada. The first cup was played in 1999 and was won by Rosenborg, who are the most successful team to date with three wins.

K.A.A. Gent

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

K.A.A. Gent Belgian association football, track and field and field hockey club

Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent, often simply known as Ghent or by their nickname De Buffalo's, is a Belgian football, track and field and field hockey club, based in the city of Ghent, East Flanders. Their football team have been playing in the Belgian Pro League since the 1989–90 season. They won the national league once, in 2014–15, in addition to three Belgian Cup victories. Ghent played their home matches in the Jules Ottenstadion in Gentbrugge from 1920 until 2013, when they moved to the Ghelamco Arena. Their team colours are blue and white. The principal sponsor is the financial institution VDK NV.


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.

Rosenborg BK Norwegian football club

Rosenborg Ballklub, commonly referred to simply as Rosenborg or RBK, is a Norwegian professional football club from Trondheim that plays in the Eliteserien. The club have won a record 26 league titles, twelve Norwegian Football Cup titles and have played more UEFA matches than any other Norwegian team. RBK play their home games at the all-seater Lerkendal Stadion which has a capacity of 21,421. Eirik Horneland was appointed head coach in January 2019.

Portland Timbers association football club in Portland, Oregon, USA

The Portland Timbers are an American professional soccer club based in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers compete in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member club of the league's Western Conference. The Timbers have played their home games at Providence Park since 2011, when the team began play as an expansion team in the league.

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

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

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

Manchester City

In January 2018 Diskerud was announced to have signed a four and a half year contract with Premier League club Manchester City, with a source saying he would be training with the club's EDS. [21]

IFK Göteborg

Shortly after joining Manchester City Diskerud re-signed on loan for IFK Göteborg until the end of the season. [22]

Ulsan Hyundai

Diskerud was loaned to South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai for a year on 18 July 2018. [23]

International career

Mix with U.S. national team Austria vs. USA 2013-11-19 (100).jpg
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." [24] In April 2008 he played a tournament for the United States under-20's team, [25] recording three assists during a game against Northern Ireland. [26] A month later, he played for the Norwegian under-18's team against the United States. [27] 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. [28] 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. [29]

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. [30] 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. [31] [32] 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." [33]

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.

Career statistics


As of match played April 9, 2018 [34]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
Stabæk 2008 Tippeligaen 002020
2009 2134150304
2010 3043220356
2011 30330333
KAA Gent (loan) 2011–12 Belgian Pro League 600060
Rosenborg 2012 Tippeligaen 1110071182
2013 2625100313
2014 2222052294
New York City 2015 Major League Soccer 27310283
2016 1211000131
IFK Göteborg (loan) 2017 Allsvenskan 29510305
2018 12242164
Ulsan Hyundai (loan) 2018 K League 1 711081
Career total233272760019327936

International goals

1.November 14, 2012 Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
2.July 21, 2013 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, United States Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador
2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
3.May 27, 2014 Candlestick Park, San Francisco, United States Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan
4.October 10, 2014 Rentscher Field, East Hartford, United States Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
5.November 18, 2014 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland
6.June 10, 2015 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany Flag of Germany.svg  Germany





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