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Matt Miazga starts again; Vitesse loses again, 2-1 to Heracles

Miazga is still a starter, but unfortunately he's a starter for a team in a bit of a funk.

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On Sunday. November 6, Jurgen Klinsmann named his US Men's National Team squad for the opening games of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. There was no call-up for Chelsea loanee Matt Miazga, though his center back partner from his US youth national team days - Cameron Carter-Vickers - did get a surprise summons to the camp.

For Miazga, the task remains simply to continue to accumulate starts for his current club, Vitesse, and hope his performances in Eredivisie turn the right heads at Chelsea and on Klinsmann's USMNT staff.

The starts are coming with pleasing frequency at the moment for Miazga. He has been favored as the stand-in for Vitesse's injured regular starting center back, Maikel van der Werff. Unfortunately, recent results for Vitesse have been less encouraging.

Since Miazga stepped into his starting role, his club has gathered two points from four league games - including this week's 2-1 home loss to Heracles.

The defeat by Heracles was the second consecutive loss in front of the home crowd for Vitesse. Voetbal International's report describes "catcalls" from fans. It was a "weak performance" for de Gelderlander's Lex Lammers, who opened his report by writing "Vitesse drifts through the league".

It was clearly a frustrating game for Miazga's team. Vitesse opened the scoring in the 57th minute, through Ricky van Wolfswinkel. And nos.nl notes Miazga was a crossbar away from his first Eredivisie goal just two minutes prior to his team taking the lead.

But Heracles equalized in the 61st minute, and took the lead thanks to a penalty converted in the 74th.

The 2-1 win was just the second time this season Heracles has taken three points from a game in Eredivisie. And the loss sees Vitesse drop to ninth in the table.

The squad now has an international break to work out its issues, and there will some pressure building on head coach Henk Fraser to turn results around. While there is little indication that Miazga is at all to blame for the team's recent dip in form, his elevation to the starting lineup does happen to coincide with the recent slide.

Vitesse is back in action on November 19 - on the road against Heerenveen. There is no current suggestion that Miazga's place is in danger, at least until van der Werff is fit again. But there will surely be some consideration given to adjusting both tactics and personnel during the next two weeks, as Vitesse seeks to get its results back on track.