Mix Diskerud seals loan to Sweden's IFK Goteborg after NYCFC exit
U.S. international Mix Diskerud has sealed a loan to Swedish side IFK Goteborg following his tumultuous exit from New York City FC.
NYCFC bought out Diskerud's contract last week after he failed to make an appearance for the club after last June. He remained under contract with the league, but because of a no-trade clause, he could not join another MLS team.
An MLS source told ESPN FC earlier this week that the loan to IFK will provide "minor salary relief only" to NYCFC, which will remain responsible for paying the bulk of the player's wages, which amounted to $761,250 last season.
The loan only lasts through Aug. 27 of this year.
The move allows Diskerud, 26, to begin to rebuild his career, and put his highly disappointing spell in New York behind him. He was signed by NYCFC just prior to the 2015 campaign, and made 27 appearances for the club under then-manager Jason Kreis, scoring three goals -- including the team's first-ever -- and adding one assist.
But following Kreis' firing at the conclusion of the 2015 season, and the subsequent hiring of Patrick Vieira, Diskerud fell out of favor in New York. He made just 12 league appearances in 2016, scoring just one goal and adding two assists.
With Vieira making it clear that Diskerud was no longer in his plans, the player parted ways with the team last week. An ESPN FC survery of MLS players last week named him as the league's most overrated player for a second straight year.
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During this time, Diskerud's prospects with the U.S. national team dwindled as well. The last of his 36 appearances came as a substitute on Oct. 13, 2015, in a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica.
Before his time with New York City FC, Diskerud played with Norwegian sides Stabaek and Rosenborg, as well as Belgian side Gent.
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