After two years of waiting, Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud is making the most of his opportunity to feature for the United States national team in the Gold Cup.
The Norweigan-born midfielder made his debut with senior national side in 2010 but had only featured as a substitute in friendlies before this summer's tournament. While the U.S. team in this year's Gold Cup is primarily a 'B' squad consisting of young players aside from Landon Donovan, DeMarcus Beasley and Kyle Beckerman, Diskerud has turned some heads with his consistent passing and movement in the midfield.
Diskerud, who was born to an American mother, stated that his form is due to finally having a consistent role with the team.
"Before this camp, I'd never played a full 90 minutes for the senior team," Diskerud explained to Goal after the U.S.'s 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday. "It's actually been good because I've gotten some goals and assists but I'm at the best when all of the balls go through me that's what I'm used to. In the past few games, I've been able to show what Im good at."
A dual-national, Diskerud finally became cap-tied to the U.S. when he played in the team's opening match of the Gold Cup against Belize in a 6-1 win. With the Stars and Stripes sweeping through their group in the competition, Diskerud admits that the stakes are higher now that the team is in the knockout stages.
"We have to win the games now and if we make a mistake, we're screwed," Diskerud said. "So of course, there's pressure but we like that."
The United States plays against Panama on July 21 in Baltimore.
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