Matt Miazga went to the Netherlands in search of experience, with the hopes of developing well enough to break through at Chelsea. On Sunday, Miazga picked up the type of experience that should help him in that quest.
The American defender started in Vitesse Arnhem’s Dutch Cup final victory over AZ Alkmaar on Sunday, a win that gave the club the first major trophy in its 125-year history. Miazga played the full 90 minutes, capping a tournament run that saw him start in all five Dutch Cup matches Vitesse won on the way to the title.
Miazga’s role at Vitesse has grown after a slow start, and now he has helped lead the team to a title, while also reportedly garnering transfer interest.
The 21-year-old defender has revived a career that appeared to stall after his transfer from the New York Red Bulls to Chelsea, where he struggled for playing time. The loan to Vitesse started slow, but he broke into the starting lineup last fall. Another run on the bench followed in January, but Miazga has started regularly over the past three months.
Miazga’s Dutch Cup triumph could boost his chances of a look from the U.S. Men’s National Team, which has a busy summer