Thursday, August 7, 2014

All Mix-ed Up (updated)

I know what to do. Considering my recent misdirection episode, I feel for any scribe handed bad info and realize it can happen to anybody. Most of you have probably seen or tangentially read a report from NSC pal Grant Wahl claiming that Mikkel Diskerud had agreed a deal with the Columbus Crew until his dad/agent asked for more money. 

Well, I spoke with Papa Diskerud late last night and this is simply incorrect (as is any suggestion that the same thing happened with Portland last year). This morning, he stated that it was 'wrong' in the Norwegian press and mentioned that Crew boss Gregg Berhalter (another NSC pal) would corroborate.

I have sent an email off to good ol' Gregg (who I also can aver was not the root of the misinformation) and am waiting on a reply. Like current Mix employers Rosenborg, the Crew remain among the pre-contract suitors for the USMNT midfielder, who can become a free agent on January 1st.

So, getting down to the grits, any angry Columbus/MLS fans should just take a breath and stop being angry at Mix and/or his pop.

UPDATE: More corroboration from Columbus Dispatch ace Andrew King...






UPDATE UPDATE
: More from Berhalter on the talks falling through. Do note this rather telling sentence if you want to ascertain exactly how truly close to a deal they were.

"I know that we were in a position to present an offer that probably 98 percent of the players in the league would take."

To me, that does not sound quite as close as it is being made out if the offer was not yet on the table. Or maybe I am just a cuckoo.




- Greg Seltzer

26 comments:

USMNT fan said...

Ok. But what about the comments made by Precourt on Twitter last night? Did his dad say there was a deal and/or what may have killed it?

Greg Seltzer said...

I can confirm they did have discussions with Mix, but there was never any deal in place. I was not told precisely how far along the talks went, but the impression I got was that a lot of these recent reports got way ahead of themselves somehow. It does happen, even when everyone habitually goes by the J-book.

Zach said...

If Mix's father really did eff this up, do you think he would come right out and tell you that?

dikranovich said...

I'm still a little confounded as to how mix is not in Portland, and watching the game last night has only exacerbated that.

The thing we can actually confirm are beer haulers comments on the subject, and the cryptic tweet from mix.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Zach:

Yep.

@ Beetlejuice:

I am not sure why you are confounded. Those who had him set for Portland last year were reaching.

As for what *we* can confirm, I do not recall our sources being pooled. And I do not know what beer haulers is meant to denote.

dikranovich said...

Greg berhalter, sorry, that was his auto spell translation. He made the comments last week about a big national team player reaching out to him, and I thought he was doing it with some bemusement.

dikranovich said...

Zack, if grand mix master flash messed this up, clearly he does not think he messed it up, and would consequently have no reason to say so.

I mean, who else thinks Portland is much more ideally suited for mixes sensibilities than Columbus. I tell you what happened, team disk got a wiff of central ohio and said no thank you

Jolazo said...

Mix is backing up Greg's report on BS if you want it from the horse's mouth.

justinwkoehn said...

Mix is a free agent this winter. There's no real rush to go anywhere before then. Hopefully he can extend his Europa stay today and continue to refine his #10 skills before coming to a league where #10s go to die.

jon said...

Dik why are you still prattling about Mix to Portland? Mix might have been well suited for Portland 20 months ago (they did pursue him afterall), but they moved on and there is no place for him in their midfield now (unless he was content with spot duty).

RobUsry said...

Any thoughts on the Yedlin-Spurs link?

dikranovich said...

Jon, really what seems to be coming clear, is that our boy mix needs to spread his wings, and loose the training wheels.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Rob:

None as of yet, no.

@ dikranovich:

How come every time you say something is clear to all (as in factually) it ends up sounding like an opinion you pulled out of the air, and quite often one that insults the player in question... if not also, ya know, his dad?

Cmon. This is not what we do here, at least until your explanation has been confirmed all the way around.

Tony M said...

Please, not Spurs. I don't want to have to hate him.

BTM said...

Looks like you nailed this one, Greg. Both Mix and Beer Hauler confirming Wahl's reporting was BS.

Greg Seltzer said...

Do not be hard on Grant. We are always walking past, around and through landmines to come up with these stories.

dikranovich said...

Come to DCU mix, this is the team and city for you. If they can just get a new stadium deal, maybe a little further on down the annacostia river.

Matt said...

The last 2% is always the hardest 2% of the issues to get through. So they could have been miles apart.

justinwkoehn said...

The last 2% is usually the easiest, because by that time everyone just wants to be done with it. If you save the hardest stuff for last, you're making a huge mistake. You get the 'show-stoppers' out of the way early just to avoid all of the effort wasted due to no result.

BTM said...

What last 2 percent? He said that 98% of MLS players would accept the deal, not that the deal 98% done.

Interestingly, Wahl is doubling down on his story.

dikranovich said...

Mix is a great guy. He is worldly, he is kind and considerate, and he reads and responds on social media. Ohio is great, but michigan just hosted a soccer friendly in front of 105k.

I still find it most interesting that the crew coach said last week that this player reached out to him, and the twitter kid was talking about getting a crew cut.

Well, maybe it was the lawyer that was reaching out on his behalf.

We are going to get to the bottom of this and all American fans want mix playing in MLS. Actually, that's not true, but I would love mix playing in MLS, just not for teams I root against.

Mix disk, Americans root against other teams, that's part of the nature of Americans. It's like cowboys and Indians. Some people root for the cowboys, some root for the Indians.

As I think about mix and his travels, the Road warrior comes on IFC. How appropriate.

Jacob Klinger said...

Don't most people in most countries where sports are a thing root against some teams?

dikranovich said...

Jacob, good fella, correct me if I'm wrong, but last I checked they didn't have cowboys and Indians riding around over there in norvay. I guess they can root for the villagers v the Vikings, but who wants to root for the villagers and get their ass kicked every time?

Greg Seltzer said...

"I still find it most interesting that the crew coach said last week that this player reached out to him... "


No, Berhalter already said Mix was not the player who reached out to him last week. If you want to get to the bottom of it, then just listen when people say things.

dikranovich said...

It's really the big soccer post by mix that says it all. Greg, did mix write a five paragraph response to grant wahl yesterday? Could we present this little item as evidence. It's the post that opens with "last week I got to talk to both Gregg Berhalter and Anthony Precourt"

It's also the same post where mix says his lawyer has, of course, gone over what he is blogging. Mix says some cool things in the blog

And I'm not trying to intimate that this blog means mix reached out to berhalter. If Greg says Gregg was talking about someone else, I believe both of them

dikranovich said...

Berhalter did say in his Andrew king article, just before the 98 % comment that he had learned of extreme interest, and then communicated with both mix and his father and that it was a pleasure doing so. He later suggest the door is still open for mix in Columbus, which is of course the city where mix had the greatest day of his life. So far!