May 7, 2015
NEW ZEALAND BOUND
Red Bulls' Miazga named to U.S. U-20 World Cup team; last game with MLS side vs. Dallas May 15
NEW YORK - Memo to Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch:
|Red Bulls center back Matt Miazga has been a steady presence in the back for the MLS club, which certainly did not hurt him being named to to the U.S. U-20 team.
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Make sure that central defender Ronald Zubar, who has missed virtually this entire season, is prepared to play and then some in the coming weeks.
Translated: Red Bulls center back Matt Miazga has been selected to the U.S. Under-20 team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand from May 30-June 20.
Miazga, 19, was one of 20 players named to the roster by U-20 head coach Tab Ramos, the former U.S. international and MetroStars midfielder. It should be no surprise that Miazga was named because he has been a mainstay and regular on the U-20 side and an important part of the Red Bulls' early success this Major League Soccer season.
Miazga is scheduled to join the team after the Red Bulls' match at FC Dallas on Friday, May 15.
The Clifton Park, N.J. native was called into action for New York on opening day, replacing an injured Zubar in the 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City. He has played every minute for the Red Bulls since as part of a stalwart back line that has allowed eight goals en route to a 3-1-4 start.
"We are very happy for Matt," Marsch said in a statement. "It's a great honor to represent your country, and Matt has earned it with his play both here for our club and with the U.S. team during qualifying. We wish him and the team luck for the tournament in New Zealand."
Miazga joined the Red Bulls Academy at the U-14 level and progressed through the developmental system before signing with the club as a Homegrown Player in May of 2013. He has represented the U.S. at various youth levels.
"I'm very excited about this particular group," Ramos said in a statement. "It was very difficult making the final decision because there were quite a few players who deserved to go to the World Cup. Unfortunately, in the end I can only select a certain number, and I'm very happy with the selections that we made."
Ramos must fill out the final roster of 21 players by May 15, which is the deadline for submission to FIFA.
Players will begin reporting May 14 to the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The group departs May 16 for training in Australia, where the remaining players will join the camp prior to arrival in New Zealand.
The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The Americans opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland.
All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.
The USA roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Soņora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (5): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)