Positive news out of Vancouver this week…
Miller, a striker, last played with Cardiff City of England’s Championship Division. He is a veteran of 60 caps for Scotland, and will join fellow Scot Barry Robson & coach Martin Rennie with the Whitecaps.
Miller will add a much needed scoring touch to a ‘Caps team that ranks 14th in the MLS in goals this season.
Scoring shouldn’t be an issue for the former Scottish Premier League Golden Boot Winner.
He scored 10 times for Cardiff City this year, in 43 appearances.
Best Behind Him?
His best season came in 2002 when he scored 20 times in league play for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Kenny Miller reportedly signed a 2 year contract with the ‘Caps, although the official terms haven’t been released.
Miller becomes the team’s third Designated Player, the other two being Barry Robson and Eric Hassli.
Cardiff City only started listening to offers after bringing in Slovenian forward Etien Velikonja to replace the Scottish captain.
Robson and Miller reportedly feel their chances of making the Scottish team for 2014 World Cup qualifying is greater playing in North America than in Europe.
“I could have stayed at Middlesbrough, but playing for Vancouver is a big thing and can only helps my chances of playing for Scotland,” says Robson.
The Kenny Miller deal comes almost a year to the day of the Mustapha Jarju signing, the Gambian forward who netted zero goals in ten appearances, and generally looked uninterested while on the pitch for Vancouver last season.
Fits Like A Glove?
Coach Martin Rennie seems to prefer Salgado and Camilo as wingers as opposed to strikers, so that opens up room for Miller to play the role Hassli has, as the lone man up front with Mattocks tucked behind him.
Miller will also have a large impact on youngsters Salgado and Mattocks, being a mentor as they continue to grow and learn in the MLS for the ‘Caps.
But, as seen below, he’s not here to be an old mentor, Kenny Miller can still net a goal or two: