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January 4, 2017
Roy Miller comes back to MLS with Timbers

Roy Miller played six seasons with the Red Bulls before returning to his native Costa Rica.
Roy Miller played six seasons with the Red Bulls before returning to his native Costa Rica.
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Roy Miller is back in Major League Soccer.

The former Red Bulls left back was acquired by the Portland Timbers Wednesday via a transfer from Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica, the Major League Soccer team said.

The Costan Rican international defender will be added to the Timbers’ roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. He will remain with Saprissa through the end of February, participating in the club’s 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals before joining the Timbers ahead of the upcoming MLS campaign.

“Roy is a player with six years of experience in MLS and is excited by this opportunity to return to the league,” Portland general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson said. “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.”

The 32-year-old Miller, has made more than 275 professional appearances since beginning his career in 2003. That includes six seasons with the Red Bulls.

A native of San Jose, Costa Rica, Miller spent the past two seasons in the Costa Rica Primera Division Saprissa, making 48 appearances (48 starts) and scoring four goals across all competitions. In 2016, Miller helped Saprissa win its 33rd Primera Division championship, claiming the 2016 Torneo de Invierno title, while making four appearances in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.

"Roy Miller is a quality professional on and off the pitch who has won trophies for Saprissa and in MLS,” Timbers head coach Caleb Porter said. “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."

With the Red Bulls (2010-15), Miller made 125 appearances (114 starts), recording 15 assists, while also making 10 appearances (eight starts) in the playoffs. He was a member of New York's Supporters’ Shield winning side in 2013.

Miller has made more than 50 appearances for the Costa Rica national team eam since making his debut in 2005, winning a Copa Centroamericana title in 2014. He has represented the ticos during World Cup qualifying (2006 and 2014) and three CONCACAF Gold Cup (2005, 2013 and 2015), scoring twice across all competitions.
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