Matt Miazga

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Matt Miazga
Matt Miazga.jpg
Miazga with the New York Red Bulls in 2014
Personal information
Full name Matthew Miazga
Date of birth (1995-07-19) July 19, 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth Clifton, New Jersey, United States
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vitesse
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 19
Youth career
2009–2013 New York Red Bulls
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 New York Red Bulls 34 (1)
2016– Chelsea 2 (0)
2016– Vitesse (loan) 17 (0)
National team
2012 Poland U18 1 (0)
2013 United States U18 1 (0)
2014–2015 United States U20 8 (0)
2014–2016 United States U23 7 (1)
2015– United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 18, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 20, 2016

Matthew "Matt" Miazga (born July 19, 1995) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Eredivisie club Vitesse on loan from Chelsea and for the United States national team. Having come through the academy system of the New York Red Bulls, he made his debut in the 2013 Major League Soccer season and won two MLS Supporters' Shields with the team.

Club career[edit]

Youth[edit]

From Clifton, New Jersey, Miazga attended Clifton High School for one year[1] before he left and joined the New York Red Bulls Academy in 2009 at under-14 level.[2] While with the under-16 side Miazga helped the Red Bulls win the U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship in 2012.[2]

In 2013, Miazga had signed a letter of intent to play for the Michigan Wolverines men's soccer program.[3][4] However, after offers from Europe and New York Red Bulls. Miazga turned down his scholarship offer to play in college and signed with the Red Bulls at the professional level.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

Matt Miazga tackles Toronto FC's Jermain Defoe in June 2014

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 club.[2] Miazga made his first-team debut at the age of 18 as a substitute for Markus Holgersson in the 76th minute of a 4–1 win at Houston Dynamo on September 8, 2013.

Miazga started playing more frequently during the 2014 season. Also in August 2014, he signed a deal with Nike and played in the Major League Soccer Homegrown Game.[5] Miazga made his CONCACAF Champions League debut in a 1–1 draw against Montreal Impact on October 22.[6]

During the 2015 season, Miazga established himself as a starter for the club; forming a partnership in the backline with Damien Perrinelle. He was sent off for two bookings in a 2–1 victory against New York City FC in the first ever Hudson River Derby match on May 10.[7] On June 28, he scored his first goal as a professional in a 3–1 derby victory over the same opponents at Yankee Stadium. He celebrated by pretending to swing a baseball bat; making fun of the fact that their rivals play in a baseball stadium.[8][9] Miazga was sent off for the second time of the season on September 25 in a 5–2 loss to Orlando City SC at the Red Bull Arena.[10]

After strong performances against NYCFC's David Villa and Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco, Miazga became regarded as one of the best defensive players in the league and earned MLS team of the week appearances four times throughout the season.[11][12][13][14] His strong defensive play throughout the 2015 season helped New York win their second Supporters' Shield in three years by having one of the strongest defenses in the league.[15] At the end of the season, the Red Bulls offered Miazga a designated player deal which would have made him one of the highest players on the team. Miazga turned down the offer, stating his desire to play in Europe.[16]

Chelsea[edit]

On January 30, 2016, Miazga joined Premier League club Chelsea on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a reported £3.5 million ($5 million).[17][18] Three days later, he was given the number 20 jersey for the remainder of the 2015–16 campaign.[19]

He was first included in a Chelsea matchday squad on February 16, remaining an unused substitute in their 2–1 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.[20] With both John Terry and Gary Cahill injured, Miazga made his Chelsea debut starting in a 4–0 Premier League victory away to Aston Villa on April 2, 2016.[21] After an impressive debut, Miazga started his second match against Swansea City but was substituted at half-time.[22]

Loan to Vitesse[edit]

On August 31, 2016, Miazga was loaned to Eredivisie club, Vitesse for the 2016–17 season,[23] after a deal with Espanyol fell through due to paperwork.[24] On September 10, Miazga made his debut for Jong Vitesse in a 2–2 draw against SV Spakenburg in the Tweede Divisie[25] On the following day, he was on the bench for the first-team against Ajax although he was an unused substitution as Vitesse lost 1–0.[26] He made his Eredivisie debut on September 25, coming off the bench in the 64th minute and provided an assist to Lewis Baker in a 2–1 away defeat to FC Twente.[27] On December 14, Miazga scored his first goal for Vitesse in a KNVB Cup tie against Jodan Boys, which finished 4–0.[28]

International career[edit]

Internationally, Miazga has represented the United States at U14, U15, U18, U20, and U23 levels. Miazga also played one match for the Poland Under-18 team in 2012.[29] In May 2013, Miazga played for the United States Under-18 side that participated in the 19th Annual International Juniors Tournament in Portugal.[30]

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.[31][32] 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. Miazga was a standout performer at the 2015 U-20 World Cup, in which the Americans fell in the quarter finals to eventual champions Serbia on penalties. [33]

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."[34] Miazga received his first United States call-up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers matches.[35] Miazga earned his first senior cap against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on November 13, 2015, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute in a 6–1 win at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.[36]

Personal life[edit]

During his time at the Red Bulls, Miazga lived with his parents Adam and Elżbieta in Clifton.[5] His parents are Polish-Americans.[37] Miazga's idols are Rafael Marquez, Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of March 18, 2017[39]
Club Season League League Cup Domestic Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
New York Red Bulls 2013 Major League Soccer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014 7 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
2015 26 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 32 1
Total 34 1 4 0 3 0 1 0 42 1
Chelsea 2015–16 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Vitesse (loan) 2016–17 Eredivisie 17 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 22 1
Total 17 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 22 1
Career total 53 1 4 0 8 1 1 0 66 2

International[edit]

As of May 22, 2016[40]
National team Year Apps Goals
United States 2015 1 0
2016 1 0
Total 2 0

Honors[edit]

New York Red Bulls[41]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Giocometti, Eric (June 30, 2015). "It's high, it's far, it is gone! Matt Miazga on his "Home run" celebration at Yankee Stadium". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
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  41. ^ "MLS Supporters' Shield winners". MLS. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 

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