KENYA BROWN - Saturday, June 13, 2020
Mix Diskerud will be heading back to Sweden as it was announced Saturday that the midfielder will play for Allsvenskan team Helsingborgs IF on loan from Manchester City.
The 29-year-old has agreed to a short-term deal as the Swedish top-flight looks to get its season underway next week.
The Norwegian-American's career has seen him globetrotting since leaving Major League Soccer's New York City FC. After signing a contract with the defending English Premier League champions, he was loaned to fellow Swedish first division team IFK Goteborg. He then swapped Scandinavia for East Asia in 2018 when he signed for Ulsan Hyundai in South Korea's K League 1.
Diskerud would play an integral part in the team as he helped them qualify for the AFC Asian Champions League playoff round in his first season. Upon his return for the 2019 season, he bagged two goals to help them reach the group stage of the competition. On the domestic front, he and Ulsan came close to winning the K League title but had to settle for a second-place finish behind rivals Jeonbuk Motors. Ulsan sorely missed Diskerud's presence in the final game of the season as he had to serve a suspension due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
Now, as the former Stabaek man has found a new team, he is looking forward to returning to the field despite the current situation going on across the globe with the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The spectators in the Allsvenskan are fantastic. It is Swedish passion, passion, passion. Different and good. I have felt it myself. Now the Swedish matches, the support and the audience will be completely different in the middle of a pandemic. I both rejoice and fear it, doesn't everyone feel that way? But now we are going to make the best of it and that has Helsingborg assured me that we should do," said Diskerud in a statement on Helsingborg's website.
One person that is happy to have Diskerud with the team in Helsingborgs head coach Olof Mellberg. The former Swedish international center-back sees the signing as a welcome addition in light of the team's current state.
"In the situation we are in with injuries, a thin squad and few options in the midfield, it feels good to get a player with Mix qualities," said Mellberg.
Diskerud will have his first chance to see action with Helsingborgs when they welcome Varberg to Olympia Stadion on Monday to kick off the Allsvenskan season.