Report: Miazga Spurns Red Bulls Contract Offer

Matt MiazgaAs New York Red Bulls marched toward winning its second Supporters Shield over the past three seasons, Matt Miazga became an integral component of the team’s defense.

But Miazga’s time at Red Bull Arena may be coming to an end. Yahoo Sports reported that the 20-year old defender has turned down a new contract, which the report said could make a move to Europe a possibility.

The report indicated the Major League Soccer side offered a new contract that included “a significant pay raise.” Miazga’s 2015 salary was $68,250, according to figures from the MLS Players Union.

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Published reports have indicated that a number of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Leicester City and Stoke City have interest in Miazga.

There has been no comment on the situation from either Miazga or Red Bulls. His Twitter account has not been updated since November 30, when Miazga tweeted following New York’s loss to Columbus Crew in the Eastern Finals, “Disappointing end to the season last night but it will make us stronger. Thank you to our amazing fans for the incredible support all year.”

During the recent MLS season, Miazga played in 24 games with Red Bulls and also earned his first cap for the United States Men’s National Team during World Cup qualifiers.

Ironically, as Miazga was spurning the Red Bulls contract offer, he was among the nominees for U.S. Soccer’s Young Male Player of the Year award. Other players nominated include Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and midfielders Emerson Hyndman of Fulham, Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund and Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal (currently on loan with Scotland’s Rangers FC).