ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota United FC have acquired the rights to former Los Angeles Football Club goalkeeper Tyler Miller via trade, a source confirmed to Pro Soccer USA Thursday. The Loons had been in search for a starting keeper following the end of Vito Mannone’s loan, and an inability to agree upon compensation with the now out-of-contract Italian.
LAFC will receive $150,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money and $50,000 in 2021 Targeted Allocation Money in return for Miller, as first reported by The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.
Minnesota began the offseason by offering to make Mannone the highest-paid keeper in MLS, then made a second offer in excess of its first, per technical director Mark Watson. However, neither offer met the reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year’s asking price, prompting the Loons to turn their attention elsewhere. Minnesota had previously been in contact with former England No. 1 Joe Hart, but ultimately looked to the domestic pool of talent for its next starting netminder.
Miller’s status with the Black and Gold was up in the air after finding himself out of contract after making just $77,565 for the 2019 MLS season. On Wednesday, LAFC signed Dutch keeper Kenneth Vermeer to a TAM-level contract, effectively ending Miller’s tenure in the City of Angels.
It seems unlikely, given the $200,000 in allocation money committed, that MNUFC is anything but confident in its ability to sign Miller to a new contract. The 26-year-old’s addition should provide the Loons with a solid replacement for Mannone. The acquisition carries with it the added benefits of freeing up an international roster spot and leaving plenty of allocation money available to strengthen the Loons’ roster elsewhere.
Miller made 63 MLS appearances for LAFC over the past two seasons, allowing 78 goals over that period, including just 28 in 28 regular-season games last year. Originally drafted by the Seattle Sounders in 2015, Miller opted to sign with German club SVN Zweibrücken out of college before returning to Seattle in 2016. The 6-foot-4 ‘keeper made only eight appearances in all competitions for the Sounders across two seasons before being selected by LAFC with the first pick in the 2017 Expansion Draft.