New York City FC added another high-profile star to their squad on Tuesday, as the MLS franchise announced the arrival of USMNT star Mix Diskerud on a free transfer from Rosenborg.
The club broke the news in a video, as shared by the Gothamist's Dan Dickinson:
NYCFC Sporting director Claudio Reina commented on the club's latest capture in a statement on their official website:
We couldn’t be happier to have Mix coming to play in New York. He’s one of the brightest young talents in US soccer and will be a fantastic addition to our Club and to MLS.
Mix is a dynamic midfielder who will easily fit into the style we want to play here in New York City. He keeps possession well and gets everyone involved with his passing range.
Diskerud tweeted his reaction to a billboard welcoming him to the club on Wednesday:
The club didn't announce any contract details, leaving fans and pundits to speculate regarding the length and value of his new deal.
However, as Grant Wahl of SI.com reported, "Diskerud has not been classified as a Designated Player, leaving one DP spot open on the club's roster."
Wahl also provided a comment from Diskerud.
"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 creative midfielder will give the new club excellent cover for Frank Lampard, who was expected to join in January but will now stay with sister-club Manchester City until the end of the season.
Thanks to NYCFC's top spot in the allocation ranking, the team managed to sign the young star without making him their Designated Player, as shared by the New York Times' Andrew Das. In doing so, the team from the Bronx has room to make another big splash in the transfer window:
Diskerud has plenty of international experience, winning the 2013 Gold Cup with the USMNT and playing in the 2014 World Cup. He has spent his entire career playing in Norway, apart from a short loan spell with Belgian side KAA Gent.