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Matt Miazga displays on his time with Chelsea following FC Cincinnati transfer

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It will be fairly straightforward for Matt Miazga to look again on his time at Chelsea with bitterness or remorse.

Arriving at Stamford Bridge from the New York Crimson Bulls in January 2016, Miazga would go on to make simply two senior appearances for the Blues throughout the subsequent six-and-a-half seasons. As a substitute, he discovered extra success throughout seven mortgage spells with 5 completely different golf equipment: Vitesse, Nantes, Studying, Anderlecht, and Alaves.

Nonetheless solely 27 years previous, Miazga returned to Main League Soccer final week with FC Cincinnati. Over the subsequent few years, his switch to Chelsea will seemingly be used as a cautionary story a few participant who went too large too early, however Miazga would not see it that approach. Actually, he has no regrets in any respect about his time in London.

“It’s been fairly a experience and I’m very grateful for it,” Miazga instructed reporters at his first press convention as an FC Cincinnati participant.

“I’ve been in a position to reside in so many alternative nations – play soccer, my ardour, in so many alternative nations. And meet so many new individuals, so many lifelong buddies that I’ll all the time have, teammates and other people throughout the golf equipment that I performed at, in addition to immersing myself in new cultures, new locations to reside, and studying.

“After I look again, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Wanting again on his decision-making course of, Miazga remembers an in-form 20-year-old center-back, contemporary from profitable a Supporters’ Defend title with RBNY. Rapidly, none aside from Jose Mourinho comes knocking with the type of alternative that seldom arrives twice.

“After I left Crimson Bull I used to be, what, 20 years of age? I had a very good 12 months that 12 months, we have been in a position to win a Supporters’ Defend and all the pieces labored out,” Miazga mirrored. “There was lots of curiosity for me, and when Chelsea comes calling, when [Jose] Mourinho calls you and also you’re in a position to meet with him in London, you are not going to say no, actually. It is a dream and it was a proud second to be wished by a large membership like that.”

Miazga – 22-time United States worldwide – revealed that Chelsea acquired plenty of everlasting affords for his companies over time, however may by no means discover an settlement that suited all events.

Lastly, the defender is again in america, becoming a member of Cincinnati at a time after they’re doing away with their ‘wood spoon’ moniker to change into real challengers for the Playoffs.

In Brandon Vazquez and Brenner, the Orange and Blue have probably the most fearsome strike partnership in MLS, scoring 22 targets mixed up to now this season. All that was left was to solidify the protection and Miazga actually hopes to play his half in reworking Cincinnati into ‘serial winners’.

“This can be a good place to be, and the membership is rising. Truthfully, we now have all the pieces right here to achieve success. This was positively a spot that may make sense for me and the stage of my profession the place I’m at. And all of it got here to fruition,” stated Miazga.

He added: “I’m hoping to make use of my experiences and my qualities enjoying for therefore lengthy already to assist Cincinnati and assist this membership attain its potential, and that’s to be a serial winner in MLS.”

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