Colorado Rapids announced today the acquisition of defender Eric Miller from Montreal Impact in exchange for general allocation money and the Rapids’ natural first-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Miller will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
“Eric is a rising young player in our league and with the U.S. national team program,” said Paul Bravo, Technical Director and VP of Soccer Operations. “He will bring added quality and competition to our backline. We are delighted to welcome him to the club.”
Miller has logged 2,163 minutes with Montreal in the past two seasons, predominantly at right back. The 23-year-old was selected by the Canadian side as the fifth overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. He had become a Generation adidas member two weeks earlier.
In 2013, Miller had been a member of the Portland Timbers U-23 side that reached the PDL Western Conference final and the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Before that, he had played three seasons at Creighton University, helping his team to the College Cup playoffs in 2011 and 2012.
On the international stage, Miller has represented the USMNT at the U-18, U-20 and U-23 levels. In 2013, he took part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the prestigious Toulon Tournament.
Miller has four U-23 starts to his name and, like new teammate Dillon Serna, is hoping to represent his country at the Olympics in Rio later this year. Last month, he was called into the training camp for the senior USMNT for the first time.
Transaction: Colorado Rapids (MLS) - Rapids acquire Eric Miller from Montreal Impact in exchange for general allocation money and the Rapids’ natural first-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
The Rapids season starts on Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. MT on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes, with the Home Opener at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, March 12 at 5 p.m. MT. For more information or to purchase season tickets, call 303-825-GOAL.
Full Name: Eric Miller
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: January 15, 1993
Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL
Previous Club: Montreal Impact