There's some playful banter today between roommates Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson before an important World Cup Qualifier kicks off this afternoon.
In Oslo, Norway hosts Iceland in a game that could see Iceland through to the playoff round of UEFA qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in the country's history. Sitting in second place of Group E with 16 points, Iceland are one ahead of third place Slovenia. A win would guarantee a spot the Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys) a berth in the playoffs. Otherwise, they must match the result of the game between group leaders Switzerland and vistors Slovenia.
Both dual citizens, Diskerud and Johannsson have recently cemented their international futures with the United States. The son of a Norwegian father and an American mother, Diskerud's appearance against Belize in the opening game of the 2013 Gold Cup officially tied him to the U.S. team.
Born in Mobile, Ala., to Icelandic parents, Johannsson had represented Iceland at the youth national team level and completed a one-time change of association on Aug. 13 of this year in order to represent the United States. He now has three appearances, including a start in the 2-0 win against Jamaica on Oct. 11 that sealed first place in the Hex.