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Diskerud’s 80

Today Stabaek (Norwegian champs) began the second qualifying round for the Champions League with an away match at Albanian champs KF Tirana.  And American U-20 Mikkel Diskerud saw plenty of action in his team’s 1-1 draw starting the match and playing 80′ before being substituted.  (The Stabaek goal was by Daigo Kobayashi.)

Yanks Abroad — the source of most Americans’ knowledge of Diskerud — had a brief write up on Diskerud’s expected role in the match:

The young Diskerud has found his niche this season as coach one of Jan Jönsson’s most dangerous weapons off the bench, and will likely see the field in the second half for his European debut, only weeks after scoring his first international goal for the US U-20 squad.

But instead of being a super sub, Diskerud got the start.  Coupled with the news that he’s excited about being back in the U.S. fold, I have to admit that Mix is going to be getting more attention from this fan than he used to.  And when you add in the news that Szetela has found a home at D.C. United, it’s looking like a good time to be a young American midfielder.

The second, home leg for Stabaek is on July 21.

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