by DAVE MARTINEZ
The Portland Timbers have acquired former longtime New York Red Bulls defender, Roy Miller.
Miller, 32, returns to MLS via transfer from Deportivo Saprissa and will be added to Portland’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). He will remain with Saprissa through February, participating in the club’s 2016-17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League fixtures.
“Roy is a player with six years of experience in MLS and is excited by this opportunity to return to the league,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. “He is a proven player who has been an integral part of Saprissa’s recent success, and we look forward to him making similar contributions with the Timbers.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Miller spent six seasons with the Red Bulls as the team’s regular starting left fullback, making 125 appearances, 114 starts and tallying 15 assists with the club. He was also a part of the team’s historic 2013 Supporters’ Shield winning side.
“Roy Miller is a quality professional on and off the pitch who has won trophies for Saprissa and in MLS,” said Caleb Porter, head coach of the Timbers. “He will be an important piece on our roster, adding versatility and depth in three positions and giving us another leader in the locker room.”
Transaction: Portland Timbers acquire defender Roy Miller via transfer from Deportivo Saprissa on Jan. 4, 2017.
Born: Nov. 24, 1984, in San Jose, Costa Rica
Last Club: Club Deportivo Saprissa
Citizenship: Costa Rica
Acquired: Acquired from Deportivo Saprissa on Jan. 4, 2017