As transfer deadline nears, Loons keeper Tyler Miller wants to play – Twin Cities


There is exactly one week left until the MLS summer transfer window closes, and as of Thursday, goalkeeper Tyler Miller is still a member of Minnesota United.

Miller started the 2022 season as the Loons’ starter, allowing one goal apiece in a pair of 1-1 draws in early March, but the 29-year-old New Jersey native fell ill before Game 3 and n haven’t played in MLS for almost five months.

Backup Dayne St. Clair’s shot saves carried Minnesota in Game 3 of the season, a 1-0 road win over the New York Red Bulls, and he earned Player of the Week honors. MLS. The 25-year-old Canadian has racked up 20-game work that earned him a roster spot for the MLS All-Star Game in St. Paul on August 10.

After the abrupt change, Miller spoke to Pioneer Press on Thursday about his current situation and what the future may hold for him.

“I want to find an opportunity to play next week, wherever it is,” Miller explained.

The Loons have been open to trade offers, but it is understood the club are willing to keep Miller until he receives an offer the team deems fair.

Miller, who was acquired in a trade from Los Angeles FC for $200,000 in stipend ahead of the 2020 season, has a contract that ends after this season, but there is a club option for 2023.

“It’s possible that I’m a free player, and I know that’s attractive to a lot of teams in the league, when they can have me for free,” Miller said. “It really depends on what price Minnesota is asking for me. I’m not entirely familiar with that so we’ll have to see if they offer me a reasonable price or not and we’ll go from there.

A goalkeeper domino on the MLS trading block reportedly fell on Thursday, with Real Salt Lake agreeing to trade David Ochoa to DC United for an undisclosed stipend amount, according to The Washington Post. The 21-year-old Mexico international has struggled at Salt Lake, not appearing in a game this season, and is in the final year of his contract.

The Post said DC would seek to re-sign Ochoa and immediately pay a portion of the stipend to RSL. A larger amount would go to RSL if a new contract is signed at DC No dollar figures were immediately shared.

A few teams have already shown interest in Miller, including DC, Pioneer Press learned this week. It’s unclear who the other potential suitors might be.

Miller receives $445,000 in guaranteed compensation in 2022, according to the MLS Players’ Association. In November, St. Clair signed a new three-year contract with MNUFC, with a club option for 2025. His salary is $321,000 this year, per MLSPA.

Similar to how Miller suddenly found himself out of the Loons’ starting lineup in early March, the eight-year-old professional knows things can change quickly.

“Injuries, bad form – all that,” he said. “So I focus on myself and help my guys the best I can. Be professional, show up and do my job.

Miller voiced his support for St. Clair and MNUFC.

“I’m happy for Dayne,” Miller said. “He’s had a good season so far. We have (12) games left and we’re in third place (in the Western Conference), so the team has really stepped up.


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