Miazga, U.S. U-20s qualify for World Cup in New Zealand

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga and the US Men’s U-20 National team can finally book their trip to New Zealand.

Goals from former RSL academy product Ben Spencer and ex-LA Galaxy academy player Paul Arriola secured the USMNT a 2-0 win over El Salvador to assure their spot in coming FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The win comes as a great relief for the American program, particularly following a slow start to the tournament.  After picking up a single point in their first two games, Tab Ramos reeled his youngsters in, leading them to four consecutive shutout wins over Mexico, Panama, Honduras and now El Salvador.

Miazga has been a consistent part of the team’s defense, featuring in each of the six matches of the CONCACAF qualifiers.  That performance almost certainly secures a direct call-up for the youth defender this coming May.

The U-2o World Cup begins May 30th and ends June 20th.  While that tournament is in session, the Red Bulls will be in the midst of their own campaign.  New York have five matches on the docket for May and four more in June — not counting US Open Cup competition.  With a pre-tournament camp in place, Miazga may miss most of the May fixtures.  If the USMNT advance, then June will be in question as well. The World Cup group stage ends June 7th, with the final scheduled on the 20th.