May 7, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT
As Mix Diskerud made his way slowly up the U.S. national team food chain, we assumed all along his playing for the United States was a sealed deal.
But then we found out that Norway, where Diskerud was born and raised, was sniffing around, too.
Goal.com, citing several reports from Norway, now says the talented Rosenborg midfielder has rejected an offer to play for the Norwegian under-21 team in this summer’s European Championships. That’s an important development.
Diskerud was a member of the U.S. under 23 side that failed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. But as he had yet to play as a full international in a FIFA competition, he was still eligible to perform for Norway or the United States.
He will almost certainly be a member of Jurgen Klinsmann’s Gold Cup team in July; to give the “A team” performers a break, Klinsmann will reach deeper into the pool for assemble the roster for that one.
When (“if,” I suppose) Diskerud takes the field in the Gold Cup, he’ll be a U.S. man, “cap-tied” in the vernacular.
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