American defender Matt Miazga, who embarked on a European adventure six years ago after a promising debut with the New York Red Bulls, is back in Major League Soccer (MLS). FC Cincinnati acquired the 27-year-old on Friday.
To add Miazga, the Ohio club paid out a targeted allocation amount and took advantage of MLS’s No. 1 allocation tier. Cincinnati had temporarily relinquished this position, which allows it to have priority when it comes to acquiring members of the American national team or players returning to the Garber circuit, to Toronto FC for a general allocation amount of 175 $000.
The « Reds » have brought back Canadian defender Richie Laryea via loan. Toronto has thus returned to the bottom of the allocation list since it has added a player.
Miazga joined English club Chelsea in 2016 when he was just 20 years old. He played very little for the « Blues », being rather loaned across Europe. He has worn the colors of Vitesse Arnhem (Netherlands), FC Nantes (France), Reading (England), Anderlecht (Belgium) and Alaves (Spain) in recent seasons.
“Matt is a dominant defender who has a ton of international experience across several top leagues in Europe. But his knowledge of what it takes to compete and win in MLS, along with his personality and mental toughness, is what drew us to this opportunity,” FC Cincinnati general manager Chris said in a statement. Albright.
Capped 22 times with the United States national team, Miazga said he was happy to return home. He had made 38 MLS appearances for the Red Bulls between 2013 and 2015.