- Date of BirthOctober 2, 1990
- HometownOslo, Norway
- ClubRosenborg (Norway)
- World CupCaps: 0 Goals: 0
- CareerCaps: 23 Goals: 4
Mix and his hair were featured in a YouTube video, "Mix Dikserud Careless Whisperer"
USMNTHas played in seven and started four games for the U.S. in 2014, netting two goals
Scored his fourth career international goal in a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10
Named to the U.S. squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Scored a goal against Azerbaijan in a 2-0 victory on May 27 in the first of three Send-Off Series games ahead of the World Cup
Diskerud is among the bright lights incorporated into Jurgen Klinsmann’s program
Diskerud scored in 5-1 Gold Cup win over El Salvador July 21, 2013
He tallied the tying goal against Russia at Krasnodar on Nov. 14, 2012
He made his debut v South Africa (11/17/2010) and notched an assist (Agudelo goal)
Youth National TeamsDiskerud played for USA U-20s in the 2009 U-20 World Cup, where he scored v Egypt and started in the opening match v Germany
He debuted for the U-20s in 2008 v No. Ireland, where he was credited with 3 assists
Diskerud played once each for the Norwegian U-18 and U-19 teams in 2008
ProfessionalDiskerud moved to his current club, Rosenborg, from Stæbek on Aug. 9, 2012 and has been there since
Diskerud was rumored to be joining Portland in 2013, but the deal collapsed
He was loaned to K.A.A. Gent (Belgium) in January 2012 and stayed there till season’s end
In his first league match (v SK Brann in 2009), he came on as an 80th minute sub, scoring the tying goal in a 1-1 draw
By 2006 he was a regular for Stæbek’s B team, playing in the 2nd division, where he won 2008 Junior Cup
He joined Stæbek in 2005, simultaneously attending the Norwegian College of Elite Sport
Youth clubsIn 2005, at age 15, Diskerud joined the junior team of Norway’s Stæbek (in Bærum), in the 1st division (not Tippeligaen) at that time
He started as a youngster with Frigg Oslo and was discovered by Stæbek during a district tournament
Career Club History Map
Mix is a decent golfer and also played basketball until focusing full-time on soccer. He also great at bowling and ping-pong
Choosing the U.S.
As a Norwegian and American citizen, Diskerud had the choice on which senior team to play for. Diskerud suited up for the U.S. U-20 team against Northern Ireland in 2008, but also played for Norway's youth sides that year. The Rosenborg BK player might never have returned to the Stars and Stripes were it not for a fortuitous encounter with the American team. "[Then U-20 coach Thomas Rongen and I] met at the Chivas Tournament in Mexico. The U.S. team wanted to play Stabæk’s juniors for a friendly after we exited the tourney. Rongen spotted me, came over, and asked for my nationality as I was about to take a corner kick for Stabæk against the USA. It was the weirdest corner preparation I have had. We didn't score on that corner. Maybe he did," he told Goal.com.
With dual eligibility, Diskerud was asked in 2009 whom he wished to represent; he indicated it didn’t really matter, saying “first-come, first-served.” He told people at that time that he would likely accept any U.S. calls, but he hadn't heard a word since the 2008 youth tournament . He did receive that call and couldn’t attend a U-20 camp, but joined the U.S. U-20 team, however, for the 2009 U-20 WC, thus making his choice clear. He said at the time: “I am a Norwegian-American. I would love to play for both countries, but I can’t.”
"The U.S. national team has allowed me to shake Nelson Mandela's hand, and to listen to his advice live. They have let me pull an equalizer against Russia in Russia while Putin allegedly spilled hot coffee on his tie," Diskerud wrote in his email. "The USMNT has both surprised me, and let me surprise them. Looking back, before I look forward, I bet we are not through surprising each other."
Diskerud later joined Rosenborg and told ESPN FC: "I am sure Rosenborg and my agents are doing that [considering offers from abroad]. I have one focus, and one focus only: World Cup in Brazil. People tell me that Rosenborg is totally relevant for getting me fit and in shape for that contest. And until I hear otherwise, Rosenborg is a fantastic club for me."
Diskerud loves the brotherhood he feels with the U.S. squad. Diskerud explained, "You feel really welcome when you come into the group. So in all the events I've been in with the U.S., it's been like that. If it's traveling to Arizona and playing with a soccer team there, then it's the same mentality there. I appreciate that and I love it. It doesn't matter if you're 33 or 19, people are hanging out with each other and being nice with each other," he added. "I like that. They're looking out for each other. So it's really great to be part of this group."
His favorite movie is 'Life is Beautiful' (La vita è bella)
When asked about his athlete connections, Diskerud mentioned a number of athletes and celebrities he has enjoyed rubbing shoulders with.
“The amazing thing about this job is that people easily reach out to you – and vice versa -- especially,thanks to social media. It is very easy to connect with other athletes. As example; A couple of months ago Mats Zuccarello (NY Rangers), heard I was coming to NY and gave me a couple of tickets to a hockey game. Why? Probably just because he considered me a fellow Norwegian and a fellow athlete that would enjoy a connection just as much as him.”
“But the biggest Celebrity from the tiny High School we went to - must be Magnus Carlsen, my former classmate. Last year, he became the world champion in chess + he broke almost all the chess records it is possible to hold - all pretty awesome. Including beating me in a televised game where I only got to use one hand. I promised him WC final tickets if I get to go to Brazil!”
“Norway is famous for having a lot of famous and infamous people. So it is almost impossible to not have a few of them as friends or acquaintances. And I have met pretty much all U.S. ambassadors to Norway. However, not the current one."
“And almost forgot to mention; I have talked to Jürgen Klinsmann, and I've celebrated with Landon Donovan. Not bad, huh.”
“Park Jong-woo – the most controversial Korean Olympic Medal Winner of all times came up to me and asked to trade jerseys. Why me, I thought! Does he think that I too have the guts to irritate world powers?? Well, it worked out for him – and now I have more insight into the "grand" history of Takeshima, and how IOC proceedings are conducted.”
“But without hesitation – I can tell you that Nelson Mandela and Count Rudy von Schönburg-Glauchau-Waldenburg are the last of the football loving celebrities that have made me think outside my box. One has inspired me to be crazy enough to dare to celebrate all aspects of life, and the other one inspired me to be positive enough to absolutely never quit.”
Mix is allergic to cats
“Mikkel almost began to run before he could walk. When he was little he ran around the house, so I called him ‘my little mixmaster.’ So, it was shortened to Mix.”
CAREER STATS GP/GS MIN G A Pts Y R W-L-T
2010 1/0 12 0 1 1 0 0 1-0-0
2011 1/1 90 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-1
2012 1/0 4 1 0 2 0 0 0-0-1
2013 13/6 714 1 0 2 0 0 11-1-1
2014 7/4 361 2 0 4 1 0 5-0-2
5-Year Totals 23/10 1,181 4 1 9 1 0 17-1-5
After three consecutive years of appearing in only one match per U.S. MNT campaign, Diskerud’s playmaking and attacking abilities in the midfield came to the forefront in 2013 as he appeared in 13 of the USA’s final 14 matches. The Norwegian-born Diskerud kick-started his career year with a CONCACAF Gold Cup title and played regularly during the final stretch of FIFA World Cup Qualifying as the U.S. secured a berth to the 2014 event in Brazil.
-Has played in seven and started four games for the U.S. in 2014, netting two goals
-Scored his third career goal and first of 2014 in a 2-0 victory against Azerbaijan on the opening match of the Send-Off series on May 27. Second goal of the year came in a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10.
-Named to the U.S. MNT's 2014 FIFA World Cup roster
-Helped the USA win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, contributing his second-career goal during a 5-1 win against El Salvador on July 21 to advance to the semifinals
-Scored his first MNT goal in second-half stoppage time to lead the USA to a 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14, 2012
-As a late substitute in the match against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2010, he earned an assist in his first cap when he set up Juan Agudelo's game-winning goal
-Made two appearances for the U-20s at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt
2014: Has played in seven and started four games for the U.S. in 2014 ... Scored his fourth career international goal in a 1-1 draw against Ecuador on Oct. 10 ... Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster for the U.S. ... Scored a goal against Azerbaijan in a 2-0 victory on May 27 in the first of three Send-Off Series games ahead of the World Cup ... 2013: Diskerud was a regular fixture for the second half of the year, starting six times in 13 appearances while scoring one goal in 714 minutes of play … Scored a second-half goal – the second of his career – as the USA topped El Salvador 5-1 on July 21 to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup … The Norwegian-born Diskerud became cap-tied with the U.S. MNT during the Gold Cup tournament … 2012: Appeared in one match, playing the final four minutes against Russia on Nov. 14 … Diskerud made the most of that short moment, scoring his first goal in second-half stoppage time as the USA earned a 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia … 2011: Started and played the full 90 minutes in his one appearance, a 1-1 draw against Chile to open the year … 2010: First cap with the full national team came Nov. 17, 2010 against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup … Under-23s: Represented the U.S. during 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Under-20s:Represented the U-20s in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt … Played against Egypt on June 27, 2009 and scored the lone goal of the game …Debuted for the U-20s vs. Northern Ireland in 2008 … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2010, vs. South Africa … First Goal: Nov. 14, 2012, vs. Russia
2013: Signed a two-year contract extension with Rosenborg in February … Made 26 appearances and scored two goals for Rosenborg … 2012: Was loaned to KAA Gent of the Belgian Pro League in late January, playing in seven matches … Signed with Rosenborg in August … 2011: Scored three goals for Stabaek, including a brace on June 26 to pace his side to a 3-3 draw against Tromso … 2010: Started 30 games and scored for goals as he became a consistent starter in the midfield for Norwegian side Stabæk 2009: Made his debut with the first team of Stabæk … Spent much of the season as a late-game substitute … 2006: Played regularly with Stabæk's B team in the Norwegian Second Division … 2005: Signed with Stabæk’s junior team.
Dual passport holder with an American mother and Norwegian father … Nicknamed “Mix”... Played against the United States for Norway in a friendly at the U-18 level … Full name is Mikkel Morgenstar Paalsonn Diskerud.