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Jurgen Klinsmann: Matt Miazga is a "huge, huge prospect"

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Klinsi hasn't forgotten Matt Miazga.

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In his post-Cuba, pre-New Zealand, Facebook chat, USA Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann took a question on Matt Miazga - the former New York Red Bulls defender, now on loan to Vitesse from Chelsea.

Miazga hasn't been involved in a USMNT squad since he stopped being one of the foremost defenders in MLS and became one of Chelsea's many, many not-trusted-with-a-first-team-place prospects. But out of sight is not out of mind, says Klinsmann:

Matt is a huge, huge prospect that we have.

The issue, of course, is that it is difficult to justify calling up a player to a competitive international team if that player cannot break into a competitive first-team squad at his club. There is no reason to believe Miazga has regressed since moving to Chelsea, but he didn't get a lot of time on the field in EPL, and his move to Vitesse is an effort to find top-flight minutes elsewhere.

Since making the move to the Netherlands, Miazga has been a regular in Vitesse's match-day squads, and has started to get some time off the bench. Klinsi wants a little more from the defender before he considers calling Miazga to another USMNT camp.

We are waiting for him to take a starting role in his new environment, in his new club, and once he is in a starting position and he gets games week in, week out - hopefully, we get him in a flow and then down the road he will be back with the senior national team.

Fair enough. Klinsmann has long been an advocate for players seeking to move outside their "comfort zone", and he credits Miazga for doing just that: leaving a sure thing behind at RBNY to test himself at Chelsea. As Klinsi sees it, Miazga is "trying to prove himself in a not-so-easy environment. This is a good thing and we can't wait until he starts games and then we take it from there."

So if Miazga can convert his current substitute's role to a starting position in Vitesse's plans, perhaps he will be back in the USMNT squad before his loan to Holland is over.