American Exports: Diskerud inks new deal with Rosenborg

Mix Diskerud, Rosenborg

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AMSTERDAM – Free agent US midfielder Mikkel Diskerud has returned to Rosenborg by inking a two-year deal with the Norwegian power.

The 22-year-old Oslo native spent the back half of last season with the Troll Kids, ringing up two goals in 18 games spread among Tippeligaen and Europa League play.

"We wanted a longer contract with Mix, but it was two years or nothing, in which case the choice was easy for us," Rosenborg sport director Erik Hoftun told reporters at the presentation. "Mix did a good job for us in the fall. He will be a useful player for us this season."

Diskerud spurned competing interest, reportedly from Russia and Ukraine, to re-up with RBK. He was also connected to a potential move to the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer that reportedly fell through. But a source close to the situation told MLSsoccer.com that the young playmaker opted to return to Rosenborg after talking with new manager Per Joar Hansen.

Rosenborg will kick off their new campaign with a league visit to Odd Grenland on St. Patrick's Day. The 22-time Norwegian champs will also participate in the Europa League first qualifying round come summer, with the draw set for June 24 and the tie opener for Independence Day.