Report: New York City FC Close to Signing USMNT's Mix Diskerud

Peter Galindo@@GalindoPWFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2015

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEPTEMBER 03: Mix Diskerud of the USA in action during the international friendly match between Czech Republic and USA on September 3, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
Matej Divizna/Getty Images

New York City FC appears to have moved on from the Frank Lampard debacle. According to Ives Galarcep of Goal.com, NYCFC is closing in on the signing of U.S. international Mix Diskerud.

Diskerud is out of contract after talks broke down between him and Norwegian club Rosenborg, per Sports Illustrated.

The USMNT member was being courted by Xolos Tijuana in Mexico, per MLSSoccer.com, and the Columbus Crew, via Ryan Rosenblatt of SB Nation. STV claimed that even Scottish side Celtic was interested in Diskerud.

EAST HARTFORD, CT - OCTOBER 10:  Mix Diskerud #10 of the United States celebrates his first half goal against Ecuador during an international friendly at Rentschler Field on October 10, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Imag
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However, none of those deals came to fruition, which meant Diskerud was still available on a free transfer. Now it appears as if one of MLS' newest teams is set to sign the Norwegian-born American international.

NYCFC holds the top spot in the allocation ranking, so if Diskerud were to join the league, he'd go through that process due to the fact that he's a national team player.

It's still unknown whether Diskerud would be signed as a designated player. NYCFC has used two of its three spots on Lampard and striker David Villa.

Cobi Jones @cobijones

So maybe it's Diskerud instead of Lampard. How would that go for @NYCFC fans? @NBCSportsSoccer @mls #NYchaos

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If NYCFC agrees to a deal with Diskerud, it would be a great acquisition. The 24-year-old can complement the defensive qualities of Ned Grabavoy in midfield. 

Diskerud is a midfielder who covers a lot of ground and has solid passing ability. Without Lampard, head coach Jason Kreis needs someone of that calibre to create chances in the final third.

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