January 9, 2016
Underachieving Diskerud a City mystery
By Michael Lewis
Mix Diskerud has not living up to his status as a national team player with NYC FC.
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Now that everybody has given their opinion on the recent U.S. national team call-ups, I will go a lot more provincial concerning the national team:
Why does Mix Diskerud keep getting the call from Jurgen Klinsmann?
It was one of the biggest mysteries of 2015 that has continued into the new year.
What has he actually accomplished for the national team or for New York City FC?
If one of the criteria is form, particularly recent form, then Diskerud doesn't even come close to making the national team. Heck you can make a strong case of him not making his club.
Quite frankly his performances for the national side have been pedestrian.
He has been quite disappointing at both levels.
Quite frankly I cannot remember many if any occasions where he has made an impact. In fact, sometimes I feel that he is not on the field when he actually is. A damning observation, to say the least.
Which begs the question:
Will NYC FC keep the 25-year-old midfielder and try to let first-year coach Patrick Vieira work his magic to try to get him back on track or transfer him to another club in the league or overseas?
I realize that you can never have enough midfielders, but where does Diskerud fit in on NYC FC?
If you count the two Designated Players, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, that's two spots already taken up. Andrew Jacobson has proven to be a viable central midfield player and Thomas McNamara was a pleasant surprise on the left side.
And that doesn't include the exciting Kwadwo Poku, who deserves a starting, if not regular assignment somewhere in the midfield.
You also can make a case for Mehdi Ballouchy, who played well when he was healthy, over Diskerud as well.
If Vieria goes with four mids, that leaves Diskerud looking in from the outside when everyone is fit and healthy. That would be a waste of having a U.S. international not making a major contribution, let alone someone earning $750,000 season (yep, that's what Diskerud earned in 2015, according to the MLS Players Union).
That's a lot of dead weight on the salary cap.
Heck, it has been a lot of dead weight in the midfield as well.
Vieira and NYC FC has some difficult decisions to make in the coming weeks.