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After Olympic heartbreak, Mix Diskerud delivers goal for Americans in win against Azerbaijan

  • United States' Mix Diskerud, bottom, celebrates his goal with teammate Aron Johannsson, left, during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Azerbaijan on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in San Francisco. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    United States' Mix Diskerud, bottom, celebrates his goal with teammate Aron Johannsson, left, during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Azerbaijan on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in San Francisco. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States' Mix Diskerud, bottom, celebrates his goal with teammates during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Azerbaijan on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in San Francisco. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    United States' Mix Diskerud, bottom, celebrates his goal with teammates during the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Azerbaijan on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in San Francisco. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

The disappointment of not playing in the Olympic soccer tournament two years ago stuck with Mix Diskerud.

That had been a lifelong goal, and he was part of that U.S. team that lost its chance for a spot in the London Games with a late-game collapse during qualifying.

Diskerud is getting a shot at redemption of sorts on the international soccer stage, headed to the World Cup in Brazil next month. He showed in a 2-0 exhibition victory Tuesday night against Azerbaijan the impact he can make for coach Jurgen Klinsmann off the bench, scoring the first U.S. goal off a rebound in the 75th minute just four minutes after subbing into the game.

And he did it wearing Landon Donovan's old No. 10 jersey.