Yesterday’s season-end waivers came and went without any news for Nashville SC (though there was some intrigue around the league). That wasn’t the case today. NSC announced its intentions to make a pick by trading up, swapping slots with the Vancouver Whitecaps – No. 25 became No. 2 overall – at the cost of a 2022 SuperDraft pick (second-round SuperDraft picks have generally been considered effectively valueless in recent trades, for what it’s worth).
With that pick, Nashville SC took New York City FC right back Eric Miller. The 26-year old earned 329 minutes for NYCFC’s defense – the second-best in the league in expected goals against – and contributed .06 xG+xA per 96 minutes played (about an expected goal or assist every 17 games). He joined NYCFC mid-season from Minnesota United in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money. He had played 435 minutes for United before the swap.
Miller had been a full-time starter for Minnesota in 2018 after another mid-season trade (he hadn’t seen the field for Colorado Rapids before that), and started the two prior year for Colorado. The Creighton University alum entered the league with Montreal impact in 2014, playing two years north of the border.
Importantly, he made only $108,550 last season (a number NSC has to match, having picked him in the first round of re-entry), making him a relatively cheap player to add to the group.
A former US Youth International, Miller checks another box that we’ve seen this technical staff show interest in. He also fills out a starting XI for the team, which lacked everything but a right back before today.
Stay tuned for much more to come on Miller.