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Once A Metro Productions presents: The Back Line King

Before he gets too big for MLS, it is time to pay tribute to Matt Miazga - RBNY's back line king.

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Matt Miazga's career appears to be gathering momentum almost weekly in 2015: starter for the USA in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, regular starter for the New York Red Bulls in MLS after senior center back Ronald Zubar pulled up lame in the team's opening game of the year, starter for the US again in the U-20 World Cup, and now he has completed arguably his best game for his club to date, against NYCFC - succeeding in keeping David Villa at bay and scoring his goal for RBNY.

He has long been thought to have great potential and a promising career: we have just been afforded a glimpse of that promise. If Miazga keeps playing at this level, he won't playing at this level - MLS - for much longer. One of the big European clubs rumored to have been circling him since well before he signed his first professional contract will step in and scoop him up.

Because Miazga appears to be destined to be a back line king. His performance against NYCFC may come to be regarded as the first demonstration of exactly how good he can be. Once A Metro cannot predict what Miazga's future holds, but we certainly hope it includes trophies and senior national team caps.

And so we salute the beginnings of what could be a great career, and is already a very good reason to be excited about watching the New York Red Bulls for as long as they hold on to their young prince of the back line.