U.S. U-23 Coach Herzog: Miazga to jump to USMNT in “months, not years”

Photograph by Matt Kremkau


Across the league, Matt Miazga has earned plaudits for his play with the New York Red Bulls, leading many to wonder just how long it will take for Jurgen Klinsmann to take notice and give him a senior team call-up.

According to U.S. U-23 boss Andi Herzog, you won’t have to wait long for that to happen.

Herzog told reporters he expects Miazga to play a part in the senior team in short time.

“He has a future in the Men’s National Team in the next couple of months — not years,” Herzog said. “That is what he has to prove. He is playing a big part in one of the best teams in the league for the New York Red Bulls. I expect a lot of him to be a key player and very vocal in the backline. For him, it should be an advantage that he is already a starter in the MLS and competes with the best players in North America. That is what I expect from him.”

Miazga, 20, has played all but four matches across all competitions for the Red Bulls (one suspension, three international calls). In doing so, he has been the cornerstone of New York’s high press system, playing the proverbial quarterback from the centerline, pushing the attack forward and standing as the last line of defense for the club. A steady figure both at the club level and with the U-2o’s, Miazga’s play has made him a popular dark horse pick for the coming World Cup cycle — and has landed him in the radar of several clubs overseas.

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“Even though he is two years younger than most of the other players, his physical play, his back, his power, and for his power, he is very mobile, that is what I like,” Herzog explained. “He is very good with his feet. He is one of the most talented centerbacks in the U.S. and hopefully he will have a great qualification”

For the Olympic qualifiers, Miazga will be amongst a familiar pool of players, including linemate Cameron Carter-Vickers.

“Carter-Vickers is very young but is already very impressive with his style of play and personality. Matt Miazga is a regular starter for New York so I don’t have any problems with younger players. I have a lot of confidence in them.”

Fellow centerback Will Packwood, Dillon Serna and Eric Miller round out the U.S. defenders for the tournament.

The United States campaign will begin on Thursday against Canada at 9PM and can be seen on NBC Universio.

  • slowleftarm

    Interesting – according to the haters on here, Miazga was a limited player who could never get any better. I guess they know better than Herzog as well as Twellman and other pundits who’ve been impressed with Miazga.

  • Mad Cow

    And in other news, Miazga to be sold in months, not years……

  • RedBallz

    Yeah…nothing impresses Klinsy more than being just above mediocre in a lower tier league.

  • William

    YAWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! where is my my pillow

    • slowleftarm

      Yeah who cares about the USMNT? The only thing that matters in the soccer world is Hempstead Cosmos, the global brand.

      • William

        Yes now u got it thank me !

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure William is NYSportsPunk

      • William

        I am not please that hurts a shot to my very being .

  • He sucks and it’s a real testament to the standing of our MNT that such an average player is viewed as a potential savior. Unbelievable

    • Anonymous

      Don’t think he sucks. Not as good as hyped. Not surprised he is in consideration for call up, usmnt defense has been bad for years.

      Good for Miazga, and he should send Zubar a fruit basket b/c Miazga was not projected as a nyrb starter until Zubar broke down and was exposed as unreliable.

    • slowleftarm

      Have to hand it to the Miazga haters – they are totally unfazed by reality. They have a lot in common with Cosmos fans.

      • William

        actually the Miazga haters have a lot in common with u don’t ya think The SLOWEST?

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  • Anonymous

    Rumor has it Klinsmann is gonna try him out on goal. When asked about the US vs. Brazil game, he said that the problem was that we had too many players playing in their natural positions. He’s gonna be trying Tim Howard as a striker for the Mexico game.

    • William

      Klinsman has got to go like yesterday !!!!!

  • William
    • slowleftarm

      Wake us up when something actually happens i.e. never. Also, 25k to watch minor league games against Louisville and Ottawa? LOL!

      • William

        wake me up when the Harrison Metrstars actually win it all ? have u heard about the Metrostars leaving NJ ? I can post to link if u want ?

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