Skip to content

What Mix Diskerud’s interest in the Portland Timbers tells us

Dec 17, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

Mix Diskerud-2

We heard last week that Mix Diskerud, the promising Norwegian-American midfielder, among the U.S. standouts in last year’s Olympic qualifying efforts, might be a Portland Timbers’ target.

Now comes the proof as a piece at MLSSoccer.com provides confirmation of the interest, which is apparently mutual.

Diskerud’s dad, who also serves as the midfielder’s agent, said Portland Timbers incoming manager Caleb Porter did, indeed, reach out to his son.

Here’s the interesting part: What as have here is iron-clad evidence that Portland, a small market in MLS, can nonetheless gain high ground in attracting top-level talent.

Diskerud’s father mentioned playing style and atmosphere around Jeld-Wen among the factors that make Portland Timbers FC an attractive destination.

Porter wants the Timbers to play a different style of soccer than what we saw under the team’s first two managers, Scotsman John Spencer and New Zealander Gavin Wilkinson. A more possession-oriented style would seem well-suited to Diskerud’s technical ability.

And Diskerud’s father specifically mentioned the Timbers Army, one of the supporters groups that has helped transform the MLS spectator experience in a growing number of markets.

None of this means that players will not consider clubs that play a more direct style, or clubs where attendance continues to be a challenge. It does help indicate, however, that clubs offering something more attractive in style, facility wow factor or fan frenzy will hold the better cards in the big game.

  1. tackledummy1505 - Dec 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    The MLS is moving up fast and I’m telling you, American soccer is going to be a dominant force I a few years and people will wonder how it happen. Funny thing is other sports in America are in the decline, such as hockey. I know mainly because of the lockout but no sport in America is growing quite as fast as soccer has in recent years

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

FIRED: Where David Moyes went wrong