HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as Homegrown Player on May 30, 2013.
Miazga is one of the brightest young stars in MLS after having a stellar 2015 season. The 20-year-old finished fourth in Defender of the Year voting, helping the Red Bulls secure their second Supporters' Shield. For his efforts, he was named MLSsoccer.com's Breakout Player of the Year. After the season he was called up to the US national team for the first team after having a standout career in the youth ranks. He was named US Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2015.
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2015: Secured a starting job with the Red Bulls as a 19-year-old and ended up starting 24 games in 2015. Finished 4th in Defender of the Year voting. Scored his lone goal against NYCFC in Yankee Stadium that helped the Red Bulls secure a comeback victory over their rivals.
2014: Called up to four U.S. U-20 camps in 2014… Made his first career MLS start at New England on June 8, playing a full 90 minutes and picking up a yellow card in the 69th minute. Played the full 90 minutes and tallied his first career assist on Wright-Phillips’ equalizing goal in the 93rd minute on June 27 against Toronto FC. Playoffs: Did not appear. Champions League: Went the distance in the final group stage game vs Montreal Impact US Open Cup: Played full 90 in match against Cosmos
2013: Made one appearance as a rookie in 2013 … Made MLS debut at the age of 18 as a substitute in 76th minute of 4-1 win at Houston on Sept. 8 … Regular on 18-man game-day roster during final two months of the season … Playoffs: Unused substitute in both legs of conference semifinal series vs. Houston …U.S. Open Cup: Did not appear … MLS Reserve League: Started nine of 12 reserve games, ranking sixth on the team in minutes played … Made first appearance of 2013 as an Academy player in 3-2 win vs. Columbus on March 31 and started three of the season’s first four reserve games prior to signing his professional contract … Started six of the remaining eight reserve games … Other: Made professional debut as halftime substitute in 2-2 friendly tie vs. French club Olympique Lyonnais on July 16, three days before he turned 18.
Academy: As a player born in 1995, remains eligible to compete in USSF Development Academy games through 2013-14 season … 2013-14: Appeared in three games for the Red Bulls U-18s in the fall of 2013, including wins over Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders in December … 2012-13: A regular prior to signing his professional contract, returned to start three playoff games in June 2013, helping the Red Bulls U-18s advance to Finals Week, where they won the 2012-13 USSF Development Academy national championship … 2011-12: Was also part of the Red Bulls’ U-16 national championship team in 2011-12 … Played in several MLS Reserve League games in 2012 … Member of the Red Bulls Academy since 2009 at the U-14, U-16, and U-18 levels.
International: Called up to the US national team in November 2015 and appeared in the US' victory over St. Vincent & the Grenadines in World Cup qualifying. That appearance cap-tied him the US after Poland had interest in bringing him into camp. Started all four games for the US in 2016 Olympic qualifying as the team finished third. Started four of the five games for USA in the 2015 U-20 World Cup as the team advanced to the quarterfinals.
Personal: From Clifton, N.J. … Had signed a letter-of-intent to play soccer at the University of Michigan before deciding to sign with the Red Bulls.