Matt Miazga was all ready to prove himself to the world at the Copa America Centenario, but those plans have now been dashed after apparently failing to prove himself just to the US Men's National Team coaching staff. USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his 23-man selection earlier today, and the 20-year-old Chelsea center back was one of several youngsters who failed to make the final cut.
The squad in full for the tournament, which starts in two weeks:
GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Ethan Horvath (Molde IK)
DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Not exactly the most inspiring group, especially in defense, (and outside of Cameron, not exactly good either), which is why Miazga may have had an outside chance at a spot. He remains available as an emergency call-up should injuries strike.
All sixteen teams have now announced their squads for this very special centennial tournament. Willian (Brazil), Juan Cuadrado (Colombia), and Michael Hector (Jamaica) are the only three Chelsea representatives.