November 24, 2013
CONTRACT EXTENSION TALKS
Source: Red Bulls negotiating with Costa Rican Miller
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Roy Miller, the team's current longest tenured player, is negotiating to return to the Red Bulls next year.
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
The longest tenured player on the Red Bulls roster is likely to add to that legacy for at least next year and perhaps beyond. BigAppleSoccer.com has learned that the club is currently in negotiations with left back Roy Miller to extend his stay in New York.
Miller, a Costa Rican international, was signed before the 2010 season and has become a mainstay at left back during that time.
A league source said that the Red Bulls haven't reached a deal on Miller but one is likely and both sides would like to extend his stay in New York. A multi-year deal is likely to be reached within the next couple of weeks.
Signed by the club on Jan. 8, 2010, Miller has made 96 appearances with the Red Bulls including 87 starts.
After a rough start this past Major League soccer season, Miller settled in nicely. An occasional injury and call-up to the Costa Rican national team have kept him off the field for the MLS side but when fit and available, he had proven to be solid.
Miller, who turned 29 on Sunday, did not play since incurring an Achilles injury during a road loss at Chivas USA on Aug. 25, although he did suit up in the Eastern Conference semifinals and sat the bench for the second leg against the Houston Dynamo. The Red Bulls were eliminated in the aggregate goals series, 4-3.
When he was healthy, Milleer played in 17 league matches, starting in 16 over 1,367 minutes. He did not score, but had an assist.
This past season, Miller took a significant step forward in terms of his individual man-marking. He also has proven to be adept at pushing forward from the left back position. With the national team, he has played centrally in the middle of a back four as well.
If he is healthy, Miller will be a prime candidate to play with Costa Rica in next year's World Cup. He was a regular on the Central American side during World Cup qualifying and even started at center back during the CONCACAF Gold Cup.