New York Red Bulls starting center back, Matt Miazga, has been called up to the U-20 USMNT to prepare for this summer's World Cup. He didn't get called to the team's friendly versus England at the end of March, but now is when the games start to count.
Tab Ramos' squad will train in Austria for nine days. During the training stint, they will face fellow WC qualifiers Qatar on April 21, followed by a match against Croatia on April 25. Both games will be played at Red Bull Arena, home of FC Red Bull Salzburg in Wals-Siezenheim. Miazga is one of nine MLS players called to the squad.
The camp is scheduled to conclude on April 26, so Miazga should be expected to miss RBNY's next match versus the LA Galaxy due to this call-up. The Red Bulls continue to juggle the near-obligation to allow Miazga to play in New Zealand (if selected) with the fact that the team's supply of fit and ready center backs appears thin. The club has announced Miazga will only play in the U-20s' game against Qatar. He will return to RBNY on April 23, meaning he will be available for the club's April 26 match against LA Galaxy. [Editor's Note: Thanks to @TolstoyFC for pointing out an editor's oversight in an earlier version of this piece.]
At some point, if all goes to plan and he makes the World Cup roster, the Red Bulls will need to learn to live without Miazga.
The U-20 Men's World Cup will take place May 30 - June 20. Tab Ramos has said he expects to have his squad together for about 10 days before the tournament starts. All told, Miazga may be unavailable for RBNY for a run of four games: from the May 24 match against Philadelphia Union to the June 20 game against Vancouver Whitecaps.
But his selection will depend on his performance over the next few days in Austria, and his continued development a as a starter for his club.