Watch (gaffe): Matt Miazga put the ball on a platter for ... opposing forward to score (3:15 minute mark)

American defender Matt Miazga has bounced around six clubs in Europe following his transfer from the New York Red Bulls. The latest stop: LaLiga's Alaves for which he committed an error he'll spend the rest of his career trying to live down.

With Alaves trailing Real Betis, 2-0, late in the first half in Seville, he casually played a back-pass toward his goalkeeper, Fernando Pacheco, not realizing Betis forward Borja Iglesias was standings between him and Pacheco. Borja Iglesias took the pass and easily scored en route to a 4-0 win.

The loss extended Alaves' winless streak to nine games and left it in 18th place in the 20-team LaLiga.

11 comments about "Watch (gaffe): Matt Miazga put the ball on a platter for ... opposing forward to score (3:15 minute mark)".
  1. Santiago 1314, January 19, 2022 at 8:19 a.m.

    I had Quit watching Alaves; because they had Dropped Miazga, Unjustifiably. At the Beginning of the Season; He was Holding his Own, and Alaves was Competitive and In the Middle of the Table.... Things have Really slide for Matt and Alaves: Clearly he is a Player in Bad Form; Lack of Confidence... Beaten for a Header on the 1st Goal; Didn't Step Up on the 2nd Goal; 3rd Goal So afraid of Having the Ball, that the other Team knew Miazga would Panic and Play Back without Looking... He has Never been the "Greatest" Athlete/Player...But, his Determination and Self-Confidence carried him to Chelsea(and Beyond.!?!?!)... Hope things Turn around for him.

  2. frank schoon, January 19, 2022 at 9:38 a.m.

    That Alaves has brought in Miazga tells one how bad this team is hurting in the first place. There is  a reason why he has been bounced around Europe from team to team for these teams begin to realize bad he is. I have no idea what they ever see in this guy in the first place. He makes  John Brooks look like John Terry who played for Chelsea.  In Holland he grabbed his opponent by his testicals forcing this poor guy having to walk around with a wheel barrel.

    He has no idea what's behind him or even where the goalie is positioned, and worse look at velocity of the pass he gave backwards. My cat can swat a ball harder than that, or any U6 passes the ball harder. Send him back to the MLS.....

  3. Ben Myers, January 19, 2022 at 10:55 a.m.

    One would imagine that GB has enough common sense not to call Miazga up for the USMNT!

  4. frank schoon replied, January 19, 2022 at 11:03 a.m.

    Ben, I don't know about that....we'll see...

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, January 19, 2022 at 5:40 p.m.

    At Least Erik Palmer-Brown(EPB) is back on the Field and Starting in Ligue1 for Troyes... i always liked him and Cameron Carter-Vickers(CCV){Starting and Playing almost 90 minutes in Every game for Celtic)

  6. Bruce Spiegelman, January 20, 2022 at 9:52 a.m.

    This is a very common mistake, made by some of the top defenders in the world. This isnt good but it is equal to a striker missing a wide open net. It happens to the best of them. Bad play but no big deal.

  7. Santiago 1314 replied, January 20, 2022 at 10:17 a.m.

    Bruce, "Very Common" .. Humm??? What did you think of the Actual Problem... Lack of Confidence.??

  8. frank schoon replied, January 20, 2022 at 11:21 a.m.

    Santi, one of the problems is the lack of COMMUNICATION between the goalie and the backline.
    The goalie is the last and has total view of the field. He should yelling don't pass back to me.
     The other mistake is Miazga, Period. He has no idea. One of the problems in soccer is to pass backwards. It has become a habit to look or go backwards instead of looking forwards which players today lack the creative mental and technical skills to go forwards....

  9. humble 1, January 20, 2022 at 10:07 a.m.

    I stopped paying attention to this player after the Diego Lainez incident.  Next.

  10. Kent James, January 21, 2022 at 12:18 p.m.

    Credit to the Alaves forward, who clearly anticipated a back pass to the keeper and made the effort to put himself into position to intercept it.  Effort and intelligence rewarded (not to mention a nice finish).  Miazga was clearly too casual, but his teammates should have alerted him to the danger.

  11. Bob Ashpole, January 23, 2022 at 5:28 a.m.

    My view is that this isn't one back's mistake or one forward's good play. All the clip shows is the mistake by Miagza. It is a team sport. Pressing doesn't work by a single individual's effort and back's don't receive the ball under heavy pressure in a bad position unless teammates are playing poorly. I have to question the Alaves coaching as well.

    I am not defending Miagza. I am just saying that the clip and story focuses only on Miagza.


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