by Christian Araos
Mix Diskerud‘s is set to return to New York City FC, but with both eyes on the exit.
Diskerud is on NYCFC’s 23-man roster for the Desert Diamond Cup, signaling his return after he was allowed to leave the club and explore a transfer. Empire of Soccer has learned that Diskerud will not be a part of the team’s plans for the 2017 Major League Soccer season.
Diskerud had been in Norway for parts of last month for personal and professional reasons. He had trained with Tromso and visited his former club Stabaek but a return to Norway’s Tippelagen has yet to materialize. Any move to Norway would likely require a pay cut since Diskerud’s MLS salary is far beyond what those teams can afford.
Diskerud traveled to Arizona on personal business while City was in Ecuador so his return to the team is not a total surprise. Coach Patrick Vieira said in a conference call last week that Diskerud could possibly return to the club if he was unable to find another club.
“I just gave him a few days for him to try and find a way that he can play a little bit more often with a team,” Vieira said. “Then we have to speak with Claudio [Reyna] and find out because if he doesn’t find a team, he’s still under contract with us and that means he will have to come back. We gave him a few days to challenge himself and try to find a way to find a team where he will be able to play a little bit more often.”
Diskerud has not appeared for NYCFC since its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup loss to the New York Cosmos last June. The team has explored trades within MLS, but a potential deal fell through because his salary would require teams to commit allocation money, plus he is reluctant to leave New York, where he owns several Manhattan apartments. His representatives declined comment.
Per MLS roster rules, NYCFC is allowed to buy out one contract each off-season with no salary cap consequences.