Injury Update: Matt Miazga out for 2024 season

FC Cincinnati has announced that Matt Miazga will not be returning to play for the team in the 2024 season, although he is expected to participate in preseason training in 2025.

Miazga sustained an injury during FC Cincinnati’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes on June 15, resulting in him being stretchered off the field. The club confirmed that he has undergone successful reconstructive surgery on his posterior cruciate ligament and meniscus.

Following the game, Head Coach Pat Noonan initially described Miazga’s injury as a “leg contusion,” as reported by Carter Chapley on the FC Cincinnati website. Noonan later indicated that Miazga would not be available for the match against the Philadelphia Union at TQL Stadium on June 19.

Chapley noted on social media that Noonan mentioned the specifics of Miazga’s injury remain unclear, limiting updates on his condition. However, Noonan expressed concerns that the injury could be long-term.

Miazga earned the title of 2023 MLS Defender of the Year based on his exceptional performances last season. Since joining FC Cincinnati in 2022, the six-foot-four defender has been a key player for the team, notably contributing to several games in 2023 where he started and kept opponents from scoring.

Despite receiving accolades in November last year, Miazga faced controversy when he was suspended for three games due to allegations that an MLS player gained unauthorized access to the referee’s locker room. In February, the MLS reduced his suspension from three games to two, but he still missed the team’s 2024 season home opener as a result.

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