Saturday proved to be a memorable day for Matt Miazga.
The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team defender started and played all 90 minutes as Chelsea cruised past Brad Guzan’s Aston Villa, 4-0. The appearance was Miazga’s first for Chelsea since joining the club in January. Chelsea’s victory featured goals from Alexandre Pato and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Pedro added a brace.
Miazga partnered veteran Branislav Ivanovic at centerback, and the former Red Bulls defender looked comfortable from the opening whistle. The 20-year-old centerback proved capable against the relegation contenders, making no mistakes defensively while connecting on a majority of his passes out of the back.
Miazga’s debut comes just several days after being sent off in the U.S. U-23s 2-1 loss to Colombia.
With the win, Miazga and Chelsea now sit ninth in the Premier League, seven points out of fourth place. The Blues return to action next Saturday with a visit to Swansea City.
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