Matt Miazga is set on moving to Europe in 2016 and is positioning himself to do just that. The 20-year-old defender is now represented by an agency that is adept at landing players in Europe and he has made it his goal to leave the Red Bulls in the upcoming year, according to Goal.
Miazga is now represented by Ryan Nelsen, whose agency is backed by Kia Joorabichian. Nelsen not only knows MLS from his time playing and managing in the league, but he also played in the Premier League and Joorabchian represented Doneil Henry and Shane O'Neill in their moves from MLS to Europe.
Nelsen is currently talking to several teams in England about Miazga. Various reports have linked him to clubs throughout England, including Chelsea, but it's unclear who Nelsen is talking to now and where Miazga's most likely destination is. But Nelsen spent the last week in England and is set on landing his client in the Premier League.
It will be interesting to see how Miazga ends up in Europe. With Henry and O'Neill, the players signed with a club in Cyprus before moving on to bigger clubs on the continent. That shouldn't be necessary with Miazga, who has a huge following and a Polish passport (O'Neill also had an EU passport), but the agency has shown that they're comfortable getting creative with deals.
The New York Red Bulls will not be happy to see Miazga leave, but they don't really have a choice. Miazga's contract with MLS expires after the season so if they don't sell him in January or the summer, he can leave on a free. Either way, he wants to make a move and can. It's just a matter of when.
Miazga's value may be higher in the summer, after Copa America or the Olympics (if he plays in either), but come the summer, he can sign a pre-contract for a January 2017 move and eliminate the chance for a sale so waiting carries risk for the Red Bulls. Teams will also know that the Red Bulls have to sell on the cheap in the summer. That makes a move next month more likely.
Miazga is a brilliant prospect, not only proven on youth national teams, but as a professional against adults at the club level. That's huge for a 20-year-old and he's not far from being able to push for a regular spot with the U.S. Now a European move, if he makes the right one and plays regularly, could springboard his career to a whole new level.