It’s official: United States men’s national team defender Matt Miazga has left MLS for London.
Miazga, 20, departed U.S. camp this week for a medical at Chelsea, and the young defender is going to stick around Stamford Bridge after agreeing a permanent deal with the Blues.
The now ex-Red Bulls back will stick around the squad for at least the rest of the season, as manager Guus Hiddink will see whether Miazga is ready for the big time or off on loan to develop.
Called “a fine reader of the game”, Miazga signed a deal to keep him at Chelsea through 2020.
“I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, a world-famous club with a reputation for major success. I am delighted to be in the Premier League, the best league in the world, and can’t wait to meet my team-mates and get going.
“I am still at the beginning of my career but I believe this is the place to develop and learn from some of the best players in the world.”
Miazga makes it five active American players in the Premier League, with Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, Aston Villa backup backstop Brad Guzan, Stoke City mainstay Geoff Cameron and Spurs’ DeAndre Yedlin on loan at Sunderland.
We like the move. At the very least, Miazga will be training with one of the best clubs in the world and then immediately with the national team with no other focus in the offseason. Whether that’s the Olympics or the Copa America Centenario, we won’t know for a while.