New York City FC has signed U.S. men's national team midfielder Mix Diskerud on a free transfer, the team announced Tuesday, using its place atop the MLS Allocation Order to acquire the 24-year-old. Financial terms and the length of contract were not disclosed.
The Norwegian-born Diskerud spent the last three seasons with Rosenborg in Norway, making 78 appearances across all competitions and scoring nine goals. He and the team parted ways after not being able to reach an agreement on a new contract.
The signing is NYCFC's third marquee acquisition following Spanish striker David Villa and England midfielder Frank Lampard. Lampard's signing came with loads of confusion and misinformation, and he ultimately will not join the team until July. He is currently with Manchester City in the Premier League.
Diskerud has not been classified as a Designated Player, leaving one DP spot open on the club's roster.
“For me, it’s huge to come back to the States,” Diskerud said. “This is a whole new situation for me and I can’t wait to live in New York. It’s almost too much to handle, I can’t wait. New York City FC have made my wish as an American a reality by giving me the opportunity to play and live in the US."
The 24-year-old Diskerud has 25 caps for the U.S. national team, helping the team to victory in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was also a member of the USA's 2014 World Cup team in Brazil, but he did not make any appearances.
NYCFC opens its inaugural season against Orlando City on March 8.
- Scooby Axson