BRENT LATHAM - Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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Diskerud has gotten a US call
Recent Stabaek sensation Mikkel Diskerud says the United States has contacted him about rejoining the Under-20 team after a strong start to the club season in Norway.
"They asked me to a camp in Florida in May, but my team had to say no," the nineteen-year-old midfielder told YA. "Right now I'm pretty important to them and that's the middle of the season, so they think it's unnecessary."
Diskerud has scored two goals on the young season, following up a game-tying effort in the first match with a wonder strike on Tuesday, leading his team to a 1-0 victory at Fredrikstad.
"It was an amazing feeling," the adopted Arizonan said, "when you score a goal and the people you've been looking up to as your idols for the last few years come running towards you to celebrate your goal."
The humble midfielder said his coach had praise for him after the game winner, saying that he has a nose for goal.
"He said in the newspaper that I smell goals when I'm around, but I'm not really sure of that because I'm a midfielder and I don't usually score goals, so this is a bonus."
Diskerud entered the match on the right wing with a few minutes to play. In the 81st minute, he received a short feed at the top of the box, took a quick touch, and unleashed a laser into the top corner. Despite his goalscoring exploits, he says his role on this year's team will continue to be as a super-sub.
"I'm not going to demand anything," Diskerud says. "I'm just going to do my best. As a sub I'm pretty happy. There are a lot of good players here on the national team of Norway. They're great players, and I'm happy as a sub."
As for his international future, the dual-national Norwegian seems to be leaning towards the stars and stripes, saying that he would like to play in the U20 World Cup in Egypt in September. He says he hopes he is on U-20 coach Thomas Rongen's radar screen, despite having to turn down the invitation to the May camp.
"I hope so, I don't know," Diskerud says when asked if he is in the coach's plans. "It's very nice that they wanted to look at me. It's an honor."