The New York Red Bulls' young defensive sensation, Matt Miazga, has been one of seven MLS players to receive a call-up by Tab Ramos for the U-20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand. From the club's press release, Miazga will join his teammates after the game against FC Dallas on May 15.
If USA can go the distance, Miazga will miss quite a few MLS matches. The Red Bulls have four games scheduled from May 24-June 20. He could miss even more games since the US Open Cup runs from June 5-20. Additionally, RBNY face RSL on June 24 and NYCFC on June 28. Jesse Marsch may elect to hold out Miazga for those so he can recover from the (up to) seven World Cup games he would have played in.
Miazga was an integral part for U-20 team during December's CONCACAF qualifying tournament. After starting with a 1-1 draw, the US recorded four consecutive shutout wins to take 3rd place and book themselves a trip to New Zealand.
U-20 World Cup Schedule:
May 14: Report to Carson, CA
May 16: Fly to Australia for training
May 30: Myanmar (Whangarei; 12:01AM, Fox Sports 1)
June 2: New Zealand (Auckland; 3:00AM, Fox Sports 1)
June 5: Ukraine (Auckland; 3:00AM, Fox Sports 1)
June 10-11: Round of 16
June 14: Quarterfinals
June 17: Semifinals
June 20: Finals/3rd place game
USA U-20 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (5): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)