Soccer Banter: Despite being so young you have already made your full international debut, does that put pressure on to you perform because of the wealth of midfield talent at the USMNT disposal?
Mikkel Diskerud: No, why should I feel pressure. Soccer is still first and foremost just a game for me. Even though it is the best game there is.
SB: You're one of a handful of American players who currently play in Scandinavia, what will you gain from playing in the Norwegian League?
MD: I have lived most of my life here in Norway. I was just about to go to the University of San Diego and focus mainly on academics, while also probably entering their collegiate soccer program. My future was in San Diego due to the pleasant conversation I had with their Head Coach Seamus McFadden, before Janne Jønsson, currently Rosenborgs head coach, suddenly twisted both my arms and brain. He pointed strongly towards a fully professional career, and I probably owe him many thanks today. Because of the whole background, Norway is perfect for me, until and if one of the really big ones come knocking .....Remember, Norway is ranked # 10 with FIFA, and the USA ranked #22.
MD: I'd rather not evaluate my own performances. But I am definitely a midfielder for now, since I like to see constant action. But that could change with time.
SB: It was reported you said that your international decision would be based on 'first come first serve to allow fate to decide' was that really your thinking, did you ever regret that statement?
MD: No regrets. I love two countries. Two families. Both have pride, history, and sets of values I have adopted and will always carry with me.
SB: Have you ever said something in Norwegian to a US team-mate when you meant to say it in English?
MD: Can't recall. Might have. Agudelo would know.
SB: In terms of the US tactically do you think the US should progress with a three man midfield or attempt two strikers?
MD: I won't comment on anything like that as long as I am in contention for positions on any of the US national teams, and as long as my teammates haven't made me captain. So, you probably will have to wait until I retire :)
MD: No. I am trying to be good enough. When you are good enough you should handle a number of positions.
SB: Your mother granted you the nickname 'Mix' have team-mates given you any other nicknames?
MD: No. Both my parents claim to have given me that nickname. But my parents were the only ones to use it until I started playing football. Then it really stuck with me. And that is now who I am, sort of.
SB: You are very close with your friends and family and have stated ho important they are to you, would that make leaving Norway harder because of those roots?
MD: No. It would be easier because of those roots. I know who I am, who I want to be, and who my friends are.
SB: Your club side currently sit 3rd in the league, do you think you can win the league?
MD: With a little help from my friends, yes. But I have to be able to help my teammates equally :)
SB: What would you say is your career highlight so far?
MD: My first goal scored on a full 11 vs 11 field. 11 or 12 years old.
MD: Johan Anderson in regards to technique and Magnus Sitter in regards to attitude.
SB: What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a professional soccer player?
MD: It is not difficult. To become one is sometimes a bit of a challenge.
SB: Obviously you have goals and dreams but how set are those?
MD: To be the best I can be, and to be close around other people when they achieve their goals. Almost any game has a highlight, and it feels great to be a part of it.
SB: Where do you see yourself in say a year, three years , five years?
MD: I really don't know. I have never pictured myself in any certain setting, apart from when - as a little kid - my Grandma made me believe I scored the winning goal in a WC final. Since then, I have always trusted that I can or could do it. Life is a real illusion.
SB: Do you have any words of wisdom or mantra (moral lessons) you live by?
MD: If a friend asks you to walk a mile with him, then walk two.