Minnesota United has acquired defender Eric Miller and $50,000 in General Allocation Money from Colorado Rapids in exchange for midfielder Sam Nicholson and a 2018 international roster spot, the club announced today.
“We wish Sam all the best in Colorado and thank him for his contributions to the club,” said Sporting Director Manny Lagos. “Adding a quality, versatile defender like Eric right now is important. We look forward to building on key areas of our roster moving forward and this allows us to do just that.”
Miller, 25, grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota and played youth soccer in the state. He spent three college seasons at Creighton University from 2011-13 –– alma mater of fellow Loons Ethan Finlay (Bluejay from 2008-11), Brent Kallman (2009-12) and Alex Kapp (2016).
The defender first joined MLS in 2014, when he was drafted fifth overall in the MLS SuperDraft by Montreal Impact. He moved to Colorado Rapids in 2016 and proved his versatility by playing a number of positions along the back line. In 2017, he was named Rapids’ Defensive Player of the Year after a season that saw him start a career-high 30 of 30 matches for a total of 2,616 minutes played.
At the international level, Miller was called into January camp with the United States senior side in 2016, where he was an unused substitute in a 3-2 friendly win over Iceland.
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Transaction: Minnesota United acquires Eric Miller and $50,000 in General Allocation Money from Colorado Rapids in exchange for midfielder Sam Nicholson and a 2018 international roster spot.
Born: 1.15.1993 (25 years old)
Weight: 175 lbs.
Last club: Colorado Rapids
Birthplace: Jacksonville, FL
Citizenship: United States