Not Mixing Words: Kreis unhappy with Diskerud’s performance

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – There was a feeling of capitulation with the way New York City FC’s head coach Jason Kreis played his substitutions against the New York Red Bulls Sunday evening.

However, each move was made for a reason — and none more damning than Mix Diskerud’s ouster.

The U.S. Men’s National Team player did not perform to snuff under the bright lights of the Hudson Derby. That wasn’t lost on Kreis, who made the difficult call to pull his star midfielder in a match that was begging for a spark.

“I thought Mix was just not great tonight,” a candid Kreis said after the match. “I thought he was kind of in and around things and not making plays, either in the attacking half or the defensive half.”

Much of that may be due to the discipline of the New York Red Bulls defense. Even as New York City gained momentum and possession, the Red Bulls put pressure on their ball carriers, choking out options and forcing turnovers throughout the field.

“I think New York is a very well-disciplined, well-put-together team,” Kreis acknowledged. “They defend extremely well and hit you on the break extremely well.”

Nevertheless, more is expected of Diskerud, and he was not able to deliver. That failure was palpable after the match, as the Norwegian-born playmaker sat at his locker with his head in his hands before departing, declining media interviews.

“We need to recognize that we’re all not going to have great games all the time,” Kreis said of his star midfielder. “We’ve got guys in the bench that we believe in so we’ll make those changes if we need to.”

  • jspech

    media & fans long ago let this guy know, all he has to do, is to let his hair loose & run around. To late to talk about his desire.

  • he not that good ever. He okay,but needs Lampard to lead way

    • Anonymous

      Manage your expectations.
      Lampard is going to show up exhausted from playing a season with the varsity team.
      He’s going to be facing a level of heat and humidity that his body isn’t prepared for while traveling greater distances than at any point in his career.

      He’s not going to be good until 2016

      • Anonymous

        “Lampard is going to show up exhausted from playing a season with the varsity team”
        That would be true if he actually got consistent playing time at Man City

      • Nick

        Yeah, Lampard hasn’t been playing much and with the level at which he trains, he will ready physically to jump right in. It will take some time to gel with his teammates but he will have no problem with the physical side of it.

      • Dave

        You’re absolutely right about the climate and the travel, but I don’t know about the tired thing.

        All the big euro-signings seem to underperform the first season

  • Resguard

    Mix is terrible, idk know how he got to the USMNT, he was never that great, this is a time when I think Jurgen just called him up because he was a semi-american playing in europe.

  • Felix

    Mix is far from terrible, you all need to chill out, he’s a good player he just needs to focus and improve he can be a big time player in MLS.

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