[AMERICANS ABROAD]Midfielder Mikkel Diskerud has joined Belgian champion Gent on loan from Norwegian club Stabaek with an option to purchase. In other moves involving Americans on the final day of the January transfer window in Europe, Arturo Alvarez, who now represents El Salvador, signed as a free agent with Pacos de Ferreira of Portugal, while Edson Buddle's contract has been terminated by FC Ingolstadt of Germany's second division.
Diskerud, 21, played 81 games in three seasons with Stabaek, which he joined in 2005. He was born and raised in Norway, but his mother's U.S. citizenship made him eligible to play for the USA.
Gent is tied for second place, seven points behind Anderlecht, in Belgium's Jupiler League.
He debuted for the senior national team in 2010 but has more recently spent most of his time with the U-23s.
Alvarez played last season for Real Salt Lake and was picked up by Chivas USA in the Re-Entry Draft. Pacos de Ferreira is tied for 12th in Portugal's first division. He played for the U.S. U-20s but switched allegiances to El Salvador, where his parents were born.
Buddle worked out at West Ham United and Everton over the winter break after FC Ingolstadt made it clear he could leave. A return to MLS and the Los Angeles Galaxy has been rumored.