Miazga scores as USA progress in Gold Cup

Matt Miazga is part of the USA squad which have reached the knockout stages of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the Chelsea defender scoring in their final group game against Nicaragua at the weekend.

The tournament, which is held every two years, involves the teams governed by CONCACAF and determines the continental champion of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

The competition is currently taking place in the US and this year’s winner will face the team which triumphs in 2019 in a one-off match to establish CONCACAF’s qualifier for the 2021 Confederations Cup.

The US, who won the Gold Cup in 2013, took seven points from their three group games, and while they finished level on points with Panama, the hosts progressed as group winners having scored more goals.

Miazga, who spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, was an unused substitute in their opening two matches – a 1-1 draw with Panama and a 3-2 win over Martinique – before being handed a start in the centre of defence for their final group game against Nicaragua in Cleveland on Saturday.

It was a comfortable evening for the 21-year-old and his team, who took the lead through Joe Corona shortly before half-time. Kelyn Rowe extended their advantage 11 minutes after the break and Miazga completed the scoring by heading home in the closing stages.

The USA will now play El Salvador in the quarter-finals on Wednesday in Philadelphia.