Whitecaps sign Scotland captain Kenny Miller as third DP
Vancouver Whitecaps, welcome to the club.
On Monday, the Canadian side announced Scotland national team captain Kenny Miller as their newest Designated Player, becoming the fourth MLS team this year to sign three DPs, the maximum allowed by the league.
Miller joins fellow Scot Barry Robson and Frenchman Eric Hassli as Whitecaps DPs and he will look to boost Vancouver's scoring fortunes this season. Despite featuring the likes of Hassli and rookie sensation Darren Mattocks, the club has only scored 21 goals in 20 matches, good for 15th-best in MLS.
“He has been a proven goalscorer with big clubs in Scotland and played in the England Premier League," Whitecaps manager Martin Rennie said in a club statement. "His speed, energy, and work rate will be a valuable asset to our club, as we look to have a strong second half of the season in MLS.”
Miller has already gotten a taste of American soccer this year, playing all 90 minutes for Scotland in their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the US on May 26 in Jacksonville, Fla. He has a total of 60 caps and 16 goals for the Scottish side.
One of the most accomplished Scottish players of all-time, the 32-year-old forward started his career at Hibernian and played for both Scottish Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers, winning every major title in his native country.
Miller has also played in the English Premier League and the English Championship with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derby County and, most recently, for Welsh club Cardiff City in England's second tier.
After a brief spell with Bursaspor in Turkey, Miller joined Cardiff City in 2011 and tallied 11 times in 49 appearances for the Bluebirds as they finished just short of promotion to the EPL. Only one season prior, he netted 26 goals for Rangers — one of the highest scoring totals in all of Europe during that campaign.
Miller was already in Vancouver on Sunday and will train with the Whitecaps on Monday before addressing the media. He will be available for selection by Rennie upon receipt of his international transfer certificate.
He adds to the budding Scottish colony at the Whitecaps, joining Robson and Scottish natives Rennie and assistant coach Paul Ritchie.