Matt Miazga is not the first American, or even former New York Red Bulls player, to qualify for a Dutch Cup final (Jozy Altidore scored the winner in AZ's 2-1 win over PSV in the 2012-13 edition), but he was in the lineup that propelled Vitesse to its first Cup final since 1990.
Fellow Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker was Vitesse's semifinal hero, scoring both goals in the team's 2-1 win at Sparta Rotterdam. Captain Guram Kashia scored an own goal in the 74th minute, about a minute after Baker had scored his second. But Vitesse survived the closing minutes of the game in Rotterdam to book a place in the April 30 final of the KNVB Cup.
AZ or Cambuur will be the other finalist, with their semifinal to be settled on March 2. Vitesse has never won the Dutch Cup; it has been to the final of the competition on three previous occasions (1912, 1927, and 1990).
Miazga started and played the full 90. Vitesse is straight back into league action this weekend, playing its third road game in a week - this time against PEC Zwolle on March 4.