HARRISON, N.J. (November 6, 2015) – New York Red Bulls Homegrown Defender Matt Miazga has been named to the United States Men’s National Team Roster ahead of the start of World Cup qualification for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, U.S. Soccer announced today.
Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named the team for game one of the semifinal round, a match against St. Vincent & The Grenadines on Friday, November 13th in St. Louis. Major League Soccer will break from the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs that weekend for the FIFA window.
Miazga, a product of the Red Bulls Academy, has become a mainstay at center back in his third professional season. The Red Bulls went 15-6-5 during the regular season with Miazga in the lineup on the way to earning a second Supporters’ Shield in three seasons. Per Opta, the 20-year-old led New York, and finished third in MLS, with 113 aerials won. Miazga was also sixth in the league with 185 clearances, including 113 headed clearances, third-most in MLS.
The Clifton, N.J. native only missed time to play on the international stage, first with the U.S. Under-20 side at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in June. Miazga then transitioned seamlessly into the U.S. U-23s, where he attended a September camp before appearing in Olympic qualifying action in October. This is the first senior team call up for Miazga.
Miazga and the Red Bulls are home this Sunday, November 8, to host D.C. United in the second leg of an Eastern Conference Semifinal in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. New York leads D.C., 1-0 on aggregate score, after last weekend’s first leg at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m., with coverage on ESPN and the Red Bulls Radio Network.