When Kristian Dyer speaks, you listen. Writing for FC Yahoo, Dyer says that sources tell him Matt Miazga, the New York Red Bulls standout center back, has turned down a contract extension with the club.
Miazga is on the last year of his current contract as the team picked up an option for him in 2016. According to Dyer, the team is looking to secure a deal that would ensure the young United States player resides in New Jersey through the end of the upcoming season, even if he's transferred.
A departure now by Miazga would be a big blow to any hopes of success in 2016. His opposite starting center back in 2015, Damien Perrinelle, is currently out of contract with the team while they renegotiate. Perrinelle is coming off of a torn ACL which he suffered in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
If Miazga leaves, the Red Bulls only have Karl Ouimette, and Ronald Zubar left as natural center backs. Neither of those players appeared much for the team unless they had to sub in for Miazga or Perrnelle.