November 14, 2012
GETTING HIS WISH
Diskerud makes the most of his opportunity to score the equalizer vs. Russia
KRANSODAR, Russia -- With the game on the line, some players might not want the ball to come to them.
Then there's U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud, who wished for it to be at his feet as time was running out in the United States' international friendly with Russia on Wednesday.
He got his wish. The ball wound up at Diskerud's feet and he scored the equalizer three minutes into stoppage time to give the Americans a 2-2 tie at Kuban Stadium.
“It was a long ball and I was hoping with all my heart that it would come back to me and it did," he said. "I got a nice strike and a little deflection and it went in.”
Diskerud, who connected for his first international goal after replacing Geoff Cameron in the 87th minute, was heartened by the U.S. comebacks from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1.
“We came back twice and in the first 10-15 minutes they were pressuring us, but more as the game evolved we came higher up the field and started to combine a little bit more.”
The Russians (4-0-0) have not given up a goal in four World Cup qualifying games in Europe Group F, while outscoring their opponents, 8-0. Of course, this game does not count in the standings, but Diskerud felt it could be used by the Americans from which to learn.
“Russia is a good team and they’ve shown that many, many times throughout the years now," he said. "It feels very good [to earn a draw] and now we can just build this forward from the last game of the year.”