Official: Red Bulls transfer Matt Miazga to Chelsea FC

Miazga Chelsea

by DAVE MARTINEZ

After weeks of speculation, the New York Red Bulls officially announced the transfer of Homegrown defender, Matt Miazga, to Chelsea FC.

“It is a bittersweet day for the New York Red Bulls,” said Sporting Director Ali Curtis. “We are very happy for Matt to get the opportunity but it is tough to see him leave after coming through our academy to the first team – there is a different feel when one of your homegrown players leaves,” Curtis continued. “We tried everything we could to keep Matt but we understand and respect his desire to play in Europe. Moving forward, we’ll either reinforce the team from within our existing player pool or we will acquire a player from the international market. Additionally, the proceeds of this transfer provide us with greater resources to put back into our youth system.”

“We will cheer for Matt from Red Bull Arena. He will always be a part of our family and we wish him the best,” Curtis added.

Details of the transfer agreement were not revealed at the time of his signing. However, several reports cite a $5 million transfer fee; 75% which would go to the Red Bulls.

Miazga, 20, is coming off of a career year with the Red Bulls, making 30 appearances for the club in 2015, earning his first goal and his first National Team cap. His standout year earned him the U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year honors for 2015.

Overall, Miazga earned 34 starts in 38 appearances with the club since 2013.

“I am forever grateful for my time at Red Bull for providing me with the opportunity to grow and develop into the player I am today,” said Miazga. “My experiences there have helped me fulfill my lifelong goal along with the support of my family, friends, and God.

“It was a dream come true to sign my first professional contract with my hometown club,” Miazga continued. “I want to say thank you to the entire New York Red Bulls organization including all of my coaches, teammates and staff that were there with me during my time with the club.”

“This is an exciting day for Matt and his family,” adds Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. “This is a testament to our academy system to develop players capable of competing with the best players in the world and we are proud of what Matt has accomplished. It was a pleasure coaching him this past year and we wish him well.”


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  • pele

    sucks to be a red bull fan but their fans love the team right.
    what only makes this team stand out is their stadium, cosmos and nyc don’t have a stadium yet, imagine that.

  • Pele

    Why would red bull offer miazga dp money?
    Let him go, look at what galaxy did. People might say Galaxy F-up by not offering Gonzalez dp money, but MLS is a unproven league yet, and if you want to pay a defender dp money, might as well get a defender with great experience for a good price.
    This brings me to the dp rules, MLS should add a DP goalkeeper spot and DP defender spot,besides the 3 dps and tam money.
    If you know about soccer, goalkeepers and defenders are paid big cash in order to stay with the team forever, imagine mls poaching goalkeepers and defenders from around the world.
    Another big question, if red bull say they have the best youth prospects, then why not mix their “best youth prospects” with some great experienced players like Galaxy does.
    For example, there’s this French guy that is playing in Mexico ligamx, and he’s practically the best player in the league, he me reminds me galaxy’s Keane, red bull should go for him and steal him from Mexico’s tigres.
    http://www.espnfc.us/mexican-liga-mx/story/2759279/frances-andre-pierre-gignac-named-liga-mx-mvp
    Go get him MLS and show ligamx you’re not afraid of poaching their league.

  • Don Garber

    Im scared to go after any player that doesnt look like david beckham.
    We need more soccer only stadiums (thats what they told me to say).

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