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Minnesota United FC re-signs Eric Miller

Aug 18, 2018; Frisco, TX, USA; Minnesota United defender Eric Miller (30) in action during the game against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Minnesota United FC has re-signed defender Eric Miller, though terms of Miller’s new contract were not immediately released. The club previously made a point to mention that it was in negotiations with Miller last November, when updating its official roster following MLS’ Option Exercise Deadline.

A five-year MLS veteran, Miller has made 108 league appearances across tenures with Montreal, Colorado and Minnesota since being taken fifth-overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. The 26-year-old followed a path to professional soccer similar to fellow-Loon Brent Kallman, with both having been teammates at Woodbury High School (Minn.) and then Creighton University.

Last season, Miller was acquired from Colorado in a trade that sent Scottish winger Sam Nicholson to the Rapids. Miller made 18 appearances for MNUFC following the trade — including 13 starts — while logging 1,1,45 minutes.

A versatile defender, Miller has played as a left, center and right back in his MLS career, and will add depth to a back line that recently added centerback Ike Opara and Malagsy rightback Romain Métanire. Leftback Chase Gasper, selected 15th-overall and said to be the most MLS-ready fullback in this year’s SuperDraft, is taking part in the team’s preseason preparations in anticipation of signing his first professional contract.

Where Métanire and Opara were acquired with the expectations they slot into the Loons’ starting XI, the team’s starting leftback has yet to to be determined. Miller, who featured for the Loons at the position last season, will likely be in contention for the job, along with the aforementioned Gasper and team captain Francisco Calvo. While the latter has been plainspoken about his preference to play centerback, Calvo was auditioned at leftback over the Loons’ final few games of 2018 with an eye towards this season.

Miller has already joined his teammates in Arizona and could feature in Wednesday’s friendly against the Houston Dynamo in Tucson. 

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