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Portland Timbers chasing Mix Diskerud

Dec 13, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

Mix Diskerud of the U.S. directs his teammates during the second half of their U-23 international friendly soccer match against Mexico in Frisco Reuters

The Caleb Porter era in the Pacific Northwest continues to go full steam ahead. The Portland Timbers are reportedly making a run at Mix Diskerud.

The midfielder, who spent yesterday at the Grand Canyon, just finished up a successful season with Norwegian side Rosenborg, but he’s headed elsewhere. He’s a hot commodity; one potential suitor, Terrence Boyd’s Rapid Vienna, already gave up in their effort to secure his services because of the competition.

Porter is familiar with Diskerud from his time on the U-23 squad. The coach started the 22 year old in all three of the Olympic qualification games in Nashville, and Diskerud played well despite the team’s failure to reach the 2012 Olympics.

He’s also a rising star on the senior team. Jurgen Klinsmann called the midfielder to Russia, and he tallied the game-tying goal.

Diskerud coming to the United States would be a coup for Portland, but perhaps a bigger one for MLS. He’s one of the most creative bright young stars in the USMNT camp. It would say a lot about the growing quality of the league — and the competitive salaries — if Diskerud chose to leave Europe for America. Bonus: he’s probably used to playing on turf after his time in Norway.

Should it happen, the acquisition is not going to help Merritt Paulson’s fledging “all Johnson” team, but in every other regard it would be a great move for the Timbers, MLS, and the United States soccer fanbase.

  1. danielofthedale - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    I think this would be a great sign for MLS. Mix is not someone who grow-up in MLS system and coming back because he could not make just yet in Europe. Mix has been a really soild to very good player in his time Norway. He looked really good in the Europa League. That he is even thinking about coming to Portland is a good sign.

    Now is it best for Mix’s growth and development? That is harder to answer, but if he thinks it is than its just great thing for MLS.

  2. dreadpirate82 - Dec 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    This week is an absolute bonanza for Timbers and SKC fans. The way things are going, I fully expect SKC to announce the signing of Robin Van Persie tomorrow, with Portland one-upping them by bringing Cristiano Ronaldo into the fold. Okay, that’s a tiny exaggeration, but this is a lot of fun.

  3. dfstell - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Interesting…..I’d certainly welcome the chance to see him play more. I’m not sure this is the best way for him to develop, but he’s still so young that he could come here for a few years and still have time to go back to Europe if he outgrows MLS.

  4. Abram Chamberlain - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    I would be shocked if this happened. I like MLS. I want MLS to grow, but Klinsmann has seemed to make it clear that he wants US players to challenge themselves. Mixx coming to MLS would seem to do the opposite of that. So while I love the idea, and would be giddy with excitement if it happened, I can’t see Diskerud doing it as it would probably be bad for his just burgeoning national team career under Klinsmann.

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