[HOMEGROWN WATCH]The New York Red Bulls signed U.S. under-18 national team defender Matt Miazga, who becomes the eighth academy product to sign with New York’s first team via MLS's Homegrown Player rule.
“I had other offers, but I chose the New York Red Bulls because that is where my heart lies,” the 17-year-old Miazga said. “One day, I hope to play for the first team in Red Bull Arena in front of our wonderful fans and contribute to the club’s success in MLS. I want to thank my family and our youth academy coaches for helping me to realize my dream.”
Miazga, who hails from the New Jersey soccer hotbed of Clifton, was most recently called up to the U.S. under-18 national team for the tournament in Portugal, where it finished second. He has been a member of the Red Bulls Academy since 2009, when he played for the club’s under-14 squad.
He was part of the U-16 Red Bulls side that won the U.S. Developmental Academy national championship in 2012 and most recently played for the U-18 team. He has also played for the Red Bulls reserve team this season.
Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said Miazga was one of the brightest prospects in U.S. Soccer at his age and in his position.
Miazga is the third academy player the Red Bulls have signed in the last six months after goalkeeper Santiago Castano and forward Amando Moreno.