Matt Miazga nailed down one of the starting jobs at center back for the USA this year, but he finds himself on the outs at French club Nantes just two months after his loan move from
Miazga, who spent the last two seasons at Dutch club Vitesse, was immediately inserted in the Canaris' starting lineup but a shaky start to the season for player and club came to
a head on Oct. 7 when Nantes lost to Bordeaux, 3-0, leaving it in 19th place.
The game was the first for veteran coach Vahid Halilhodzic, brought in after Portuguese coach
Miguel Cardoso was fired.
Miazga was responsible for the second Bordeaux goal, coughing up the ball with a heavy touch in the 7th minute, then conceded a penalty that led to the
To make matters worse, the 23-year-old defender picked
a yellow card for the fifth straight game, earning a one-game suspension. Halilhodzic hasn't dressed him since.
Senegalese defender Kara Mbodj, acquired on loan (from Anderlecht)
just before the summer window closed, started alongside Brazilian Diego Carlos the next two Ligue 1 games and has been excellent for Nantes, which won both games, climbing out of the relegation
zone and into 13th place.
Miazga's situation is so precarious that he wasn't even included in the squad Halilhodzic, who coached Algeria at the 2010 World Cup and qualified Japan for the
2018 finals, has taken to Montpellier for Tuesday's League Cup match.
Nicolas Pallois, whom Nantes had considered getting rid of when it brought in Miazga, is the third center