MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, March 2, 2012
Going into his third month in Belgium, Mikkel Diskerud is enjoying life in the country.
"It's been great," the U-23 national team midfielder told Yanks Abroad after last weekend's victory over RAEC Mons in Pro League action. "Gent is a great place to live if you're a soccer player or not, so I'm happy."
Having left his Stabæk team in Norway in a loan deal, Mix has to contend with not just a new team in a new league, but also a new formation. Gent's Norwegian coach Trond Sollied is a big believer in the 4-3-3 formation and employs it in every one of his team's games.
"It is different [than what I am used to] but in the second half of the game, I felt more comfortable in my role and felt that I played better."
Diskerud has become the second American to ply his trade in the Belgian top division this season, joining Anderlecht's Sacha Kljestan in the race for a league title.
"I've met Sacha at camps for the senior national team but I haven't talk to him since I arrived," the midfielder said. "I should probably do that. I don't know if he has time for me right now though; they're on the top of the league!"
Although Gent and Anderlecht have already met twice in the league with the team from Brussels winning both times, Diskerud will go up against Kljestan on two occasions when the Belgian play-offs start at the end of the month. Gent's win over Mons insured that they will finish in the top six, thereby challenging for the title.
The Buffaloes have just three more league games to go and will look to take as many points with them into the post season.