Today, in the waning hours of Deadline Day, Chelsea FC announced they loaned out Matt Miazga to Vitesse Arnhem. According to Grant Wahl, Chelsea were unable to loan him to Espanyol, due to paperwork, so they loaned him to Vitesse instead. Vitesse currently play in the Eredivisie. The Eredivise will be a great place for Miazga to develop and Chelsea have a great relationship with Vitesse. This league has served as a springboard for the careers of many USMNT players, like Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson.
Miazga joined Chelsea this past winter for a fee of around five million USD. He goes out on loan after appearing twice last year for the first team. Against Aston Villa he looked very strong, but against Swansea City he was very poor and even was substituted out at the half. Before that, with the New York Red Bulls Miazga had 34 appearances and one goal.
Miazga becomes the second American on the Vitesse first team squad. Left winger Kai Koreniuk currently plays for the reserve squad, he has appeared for the USYNT in the past. Koreniuk joined Vitesse in 2014.
Miazga’s USMNT Future
If Miazga is able to recieve consistent playing time, this could definitely help his USMNT stock. He is already cap tied to the US, so he cannot play for Poland, the country of his parents. Right now, USMNT center back depth is thin. John Brooks is hurt, Geoff Cameron is getting older, Steve Birnbaum is an unproven at the national stage. So, Miazga could be able to sneak into the full national team if he is able to win a starting role with Vitesse.