Matt Miazga

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Matt Miazga
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Personal information
Full name Matthew Miazga
Date of birth (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 (age 20)
Place of birth Clifton, New Jersey, United States
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 20
Youth career
2009–2013 New York Red Bulls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– New York Red Bulls 34 (1)
National team
2012 Poland U18 1 (0)
2013 United States U18 3 (0)
2014–2015 United States U20 17 (0)
2014– United States U23 3 (1)
2015– United States 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:57, October 26, 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 5, 2015

Matthew Miazga, Polish Mateusz Miazga (born July 19, 1995) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.



Matt Miazga tackles Jermain Defoe

From Clifton, Miazga joined the New York Red Bulls Academy in 2009 at under-14 level.[1] While with the under-16 side Miazga helped the Red Bulls win the U.S. Developmental Academy National Championship in 2012.[1]

On May 30, 2013 it was announced that Miazga had signed a homegrown contract with the New York Red Bulls, becoming the eighth player to sign a homegrown contract with the Red Bulls.[1] Miazga made his first team debut at the age of 18 as a substitute in 76th minute of a 4–1 win at Houston Dynamo on September 8, 2013. During the 2015 season Miazga established himself as a starter on the club forming a partnership in the backline with Damien Perrinelle. On June 28, 2015 Miazga scored his first goal as a professional in a 3–1 derby victory over New York City FC.[2]


In May 2013, Miazga played for the United States Under-18 side that participated in the 19th Annual International Juniors Tournament in Portugal.[3] Miazga played one match for the Poland Under-18 team in 2012.[4] Since 2012, he has only played for United States youth teams. In August and September 2014, Miazga turned down two separate call-ups to the Poland Under-20 team. He cited previous commitments to the United States Under-20 team and maintained he had not made a final decision about which nation to represent at the senior level. In October 2014, Poland U-20 coach Marcin Dorna stated that he had not given up on Miazga and that the Red Bulls player might still play for his team.[5][6] Miazga played for the United States Under-20 team at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and helped the team qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.[7]

On November 5, 2015, Miazga was quoted as saying: "I'm totally undecided. I’ll wait to see who calls me first to the main national team and see what happens then.”[8] The following day, Miazga received his first United States call-up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers matches. [9] Miazga earned his first senior cap against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on November 13, 2015. [10]



United States New York Red Bulls

Career statistics[edit]


As of June 28, 2014[11]
Club Season League MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New York Red Bulls 2013 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 7 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
2015 26 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 30 1
Career total 34 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 40 1


As of 13 November 2015.
National team Year Apps Goals
United States
2015 1 0
Total 1 0

Personal life[edit]

Miazga was born in Clifton, New Jersey to a family of Polish immigrants, and grew up speaking both Polish and English. He lived in the United States while visiting Poland on a regular basis as a child.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Red Bulls Sign Home Grown Defender Matt Miazga". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "MATCH RECAP: New York City FC 1, New York Red Bulls 3". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Under-18 Men's National Team Commence 10-Day International Trip to Lisbon". United States Soccer Federation. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Przez półtora miesiąca zagrał dla Polski i USA". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). Ringier Axel Springer Polska. December 19, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Reprezentacja U-20: Cibicki i Miazga powołani". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). Ringier Axel Springer Polska. September 25, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Miazga poza kadrą Polski. Dorna: Temat nie jest zamknięty". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). Ringier Axel Springer Polska. October 31, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Matt Miazga". U.S. Soccer. U.S. Soccer. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Matt Miazga: The Polish-American centre-back who's caught the eye of Chelsea". FourFourTwo. 
  9. ^ "New York Red Bulls Defender Matt Miazga Earns First Call Up To U.S. Men’s Senior National Team". New York Red Bulls. 
  10. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - USA-St. Vincent / Grenadines -". 
  11. ^ Matt Miazga profile at Soccerway

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