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Miazga trailblazer for US youth players

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WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) Before the big game this weekend, Matt Miazga must handle some mundane tasks.

"I'm still living at home," the New York Red Bulls defender said, "so if my mom says I need to help with dishes, I've got to do it. I'm in charge of the garbage. I have to take out the garbage every Wednesday and Saturday."

Just 20 years old and an imposing 6-foot-3, Miazga made his debut for the U.S. national team this month. He will start at center back Sunday when the Red Bulls try to overturn a 2-0 deficit against visiting Columbus in the second leg of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference final.


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