CHICAGO — Kamal Miller had four ties he could have picked Friday morning while getting ready for the MLS SuperDraft.
In a “game-time decision,” he chose the purple one. Miller said his family told him purple made him look the best.
It was the right call. The 6-foot Canadian centerback was selected by Orlando City with the third pick in the second round (27th overall) in the MLS SuperDraft in Chicago. That tie will go perfectly with the purple in Orlando City Stadium.
“The purple was not planned,” Miller said with a laugh. “I had a few options, but I couldn’t be more happy that I selected purple. I look the part. To hold this white and purple jersey up means the world to me. A dream come true.”
Orlando City also selected UNC Charlotte midfielder Tommy Madden with the 14th pick of the second round (38th overall). That pick was acquired from D.C. United via trade. Madden wasn’t in Chicago for the draft.
Miller is familiar with Orlando City. He’s friends with Canadian midfielder Richie Laryea, who played for Orlando City but had his option declined after the 2018 season. Miller said he and Laryea trained together during the offsesason before the SuperDraft.
“He was wishing me luck today,” Miller said. “It’s a great coincidence that I ended up here. Hopefully, I can follow in his footsteps and be a great addition to the club.”
Miller said he brings versatility to Orlando City.
“Anywhere the coaches want me to play, I believe I’ll give it my best shot and do whatever I can to help the team.”
After the first round of the SuperDraft, during which OCSC selected forward Santiago Patino, Orlando City head coach James O’Connor said the Lions still needed a centerback. Miller, 21, is another young player on a team looking to get the most out of players under 30.
“As a player in these kinds of positions, there’s most definitely always pressure,” he said. “I believe the coaching staff and everyone at Orlando City will do the absolute best they can and I’m sure they will prepare me for whatever comes my way in the future.”
Orlando City still has pick No. 59 and pick No. 96 in the final rounds of the SuperDraft. The third and fourth rounds of the SuperDraft will take place via conference call on Monday.