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Bshredder
Post #1
Thursday December 13, 2012 7:09pm

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Timbers are going in hard after Diskerud. I think Mix would do well in MLS and the Timbers could use him.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #2
Thursday December 13, 2012 7:16pm

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Man I said in the summer he should sign for MLS. I think it would do him a world of good playing in a more physical league.

But aren't USMNT players subjected to an allocation draft? But Portland will be high in the allocation draft.

nolefansandy
Post #3
Thursday December 13, 2012 7:29pm

Joined Jul 2012
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Portland has traded up to the first spot in the allocation order

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #4
Thursday December 13, 2012 8:08pm

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Greg Seltzer seems to think it would be a terrible move, but I full heartedly disagree with him. I think it would be an upgrade. But supposedly he seems to think there is Eredivisie interest in Mixx, and we all know Seltzer is quite biased in favor of the Eredivisie.

I would be excited to see Mix in MLS for a few seasons.

USnLFCfan
Savannah GA
Post #5
Thursday December 13, 2012 8:12pm

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I agree with Seltzer.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #6
Thursday December 13, 2012 8:26pm

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Original post from USnLFCfan

I agree with Seltzer.


Thats cool. I don't.

sxewesley
Post #7
Thursday December 13, 2012 8:34pm

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I don't know what to think.

I am a TA die hard and season ticket holder, so I would obviously be thrilled to have him and personally it would be beyond my wildest dreams for us to land him.

For him personally (and I have followed him for a long time on another forum where he posts himself), I had hoped he would attract some interest from a top 5 league or Holland.

The only other team to specifically be linked with him though has been Rapid Vienna and I think the MLS and Portland in particular, (who is willing to pay), is better than those options.

With Portland he could be an instant cult hero (he is the kind of guy that would love the Timbers ethos and fans), build his brand stateside and if he was dominant could be gone to Europe anyway in a season or two and would be another feather in the cap for MLS.

Bshredder
Post #8
Thursday December 13, 2012 8:35pm

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First of all, MLS > Tippeligaen. This is actually a step up for Mix. It's not the Bundesliga, or EPL but it's a step up and not a step down like some are saying on other boards.

MLS has done a much better job with younger players than people believe. Gil, Rowe, Fagundez, De Leon, Najar, Pontius, and others. Mix would fit in there and that's not a bad place to be.

By getting Besler to come back and going hard after Mix, the league is trying to be competitive for top American talent. That's what they should be doing too.

The perception of the league is changing. MLS 2012 is vastly different than MLS 1996, MLS 2001 or MLS 2006. Europe is huge and like always, there are some leagues/clubs much better than MLS and there are some much worse. But the difference between what is better and what is worse is changing.

That's a good thing.

And by the way, Mix will be fine in MLS. He's still a young guy and playing in a more athletic league will help add another dimension to his game.

He strikes me as the guy who loves to be part of American soccer even if he was born and raised in Norway. He's charismatic and he'd be a hit in Portland

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #9
Thursday December 13, 2012 8:50pm

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Original post from Bshredder

First of all, MLS > Tippeligaen. This is actually a step up for Mix. It's not the Bundesliga, or EPL but it's a step up and not a step down like some are saying on other boards.

MLS has done a much better job with younger players than people believe. Gil, Rowe, Fagundez, De Leon, Najar, Pontius, and others. Mix would fit in there and that's not a bad place to be.

By getting Besler to come back and going hard after Mix, the league is trying to be competitive for top American talent. That's what they should be doing too.

The perception of the league is changing. MLS 2012 is vastly different than MLS 1996, MLS 2001 or MLS 2006. Europe is huge and like always, there are some leagues/clubs much better than MLS and there are some much worse. But the difference between what is better and what is worse is changing.

Oh I agree. The eurocentrics always come out in full voice when you see headlines like that. Look I am not a complete homer. I understand there are better leagues than MLS in Europe and South America, and possibly the J-League in Japan, but MLS is better than Norways league, and I would say on par with Denamrks league as of right now. But the time has come for MLS to really try hard to keep young American players in MLS a little longer, and also become a more viable option to Yanks abroad that are stuck in poopy leagues like Norways. Hell I would rather see Boyd playing in MLS right now rather than with Rapid Vienna. Many people and eurocentric American fans don't want to admit or see that MLS is a much better league than it was when Beckham signed for the Galaxy back in 2007.

It's an upgrade for Diskerud if there are no other offers from better teams in better leagues in Europe. The only concrete deals on the table for Mix right now have been Rosenborg and Rapid Vienna, and MLS is a much better option than those two teams/leagues.

That's a good thing.

And by the way, Mix will be fine in MLS. He's still a young guy and playing in a more athletic league will help add another dimension to his game.

He strikes me as the guy who loves to be part of American soccer even if he was born and raised in Norway. He's charismatic and he'd be a hit in Portland


2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #10
Thursday December 13, 2012 9:00pm

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boom.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #11
Thursday December 13, 2012 9:44pm

Joined Jun 2012
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Glad to see MLS going after young talent, especially American. I'd rather see him take the next step up in Europe, though. Dont think MLS will help his game. I think Portland isnt the best fit, especially with that narrow field. Red Bulls would be a better situation. They are dying for some creativity in that midfield to go with Dax and Cahill.

Bshredder
Post #12
Thursday December 13, 2012 9:54pm

Joined Aug 2011
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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

Glad to see MLS going after young talent, especially American. I'd rather see him take the next step up in Europe, though. Dont think MLS will help his game. I think Portland isnt the best fit, especially with that narrow field. Red Bulls would be a better situation. They are dying for some creativity in that midfield to go with Dax and Cahill.


Well, if this does happen, Porter is bringing in Mix to be a cornerstone of a team that is geared for offense. Porter does like to play with the ball on the ground and he stresses creativity.

Unlike the U23s, he'll be able to bring in better CBs and wingers.

blaise213
Post #13
Thursday December 13, 2012 9:55pm

Joined Sep 2012
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@ richieJKlesaNY

Portland timbers are expanding the field this year. What they need to do is kick the D3 College football team off the field and put in real grass.

USnLFCfan
Savannah GA
Post #14
Thursday December 13, 2012 10:13pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,410
Original post from Bshredder

First of all, MLS > Tippeligaen. This is actually a step up for Mix. It's not the Bundesliga, or EPL but it's a step up and not a step down like some are saying on other boards.

MLS has done a much better job with younger players than people believe. Gil, Rowe, Fagundez, De Leon, Najar, Pontius, and others. Mix would fit in there and that's not a bad place to be.

By getting Besler to come back and going hard after Mix, the league is trying to be competitive for top American talent. That's what they should be doing too.

The perception of the league is changing. MLS 2012 is vastly different than MLS 1996, MLS 2001 or MLS 2006. Europe is huge and like always, there are some leagues/clubs much better than MLS and there are some much worse. But the difference between what is better and what is worse is changing.

That's a good thing.

And by the way, Mix will be fine in MLS. He's still a young guy and playing in a more athletic league will help add another dimension to his game.

He strikes me as the guy who loves to be part of American soccer even if he was born and raised in Norway. He's charismatic and he'd be a hit in Portland


As for the first part....that's an opinion not a fact. As far as MLS doing much better with young players....it's not the MLS, it's the respective club and coaches. Not sure if Porter and Co will do a good job or not...he is an unproven commodity at this level. I would rather him stay in Europe.

Bshredder
Post #15
Thursday December 13, 2012 10:46pm

Joined Aug 2011
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Original post from USnLFCfan

As for the first part....that's an opinion not a fact. As far as MLS doing much better with young players....it's not the MLS, it's the respective club and coaches. Not sure if Porter and Co will do a good job or not...he is an unproven commodity at this level. I would rather him stay in Europe.


You think Tippeligaen is better than MLS? That's not what my eyes tell me - in fact I don't even think it's close anymore. This opinion also comes from talking to people who do this for a living

Porter is bringing him in to be the engine of his team. That alone makes this a step up

But to be honest when anyone says "Europe," I normally just stop paying attention. Europe is a big place with hundreds of different teams and dozens of leagues - some are better than MLS but many are not. So when someone says "Europe" it's meaningless

The only thing we know is that Mix was wanted by Rosenborg and now Portland. Portland to me makes more sense

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