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The 6-foot-3 center back has spent several years in the Red Bulls Academy and has now graduated to the first team.

The New York Red Bulls announced Thursday that they have signed academy defender Matt Miazga. The 17-year-old becomes the eighth academy product the Red Bulls have signed via the Homegrown rule.

“Matt, a gifted center back for the U.S. Under-18 national team and a graduate of our youth academy, is one of the brightest prospects in U.S. Soccer at his age and in his position and we will do our best to help him realize his undoubted potential," Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a team release.

Miazga is from Clifton, N.J., and had been in the Red Bulls Academy since 2009. He has featured in the U.S. youth national team setup at various age groups, including the U-18 side that participated at the International Juniors Tournament in Portugal last week.

“I had other offers, but I chose the New York Red Bulls because that is where my heart lies,” Miazga said. “One day, I hope to play for the first team in Red Bull Arena in front of our wonderful fans and contribute to the club’s success in MLS. I want to thank my family and our youth academy coaches for helping me to realize my dream.”


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