During the January transfer window, Chelsea made the fascinating move of buying New York Red Bulls and USMNT defender Matt Miazga for $5 million. The young back, one of the fastest rising stars in the United States, has yet to make an appearance with the Chelsea first-team but believes that he can develop into the best player for his country.
In an interview with ESPN, Miazga expressed no complaints about sacrificing a starting job in Major League Soccer for the sake of challenging himself in Europe and becoming the best player he can be.
“I wanted to test myself in Europe to see what I can do,” Miazga said.
“I want to be the best player I can be, the best American player. Why not challenge myself at one of the biggest clubs in the world?”
The 20-year-old full-back will be joining the USMNT Under-23 team this week for the team’s Olympic qualifying playoff against the Colombia Under-23 team. He earned his first senior cap in a friendly against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines back in November during a 6-1 win.
Miazga won two MLS Supporters’ Shields with New York Red Bulls during his three year career with the U.S. giants.
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