Source: Right back Miller set to leave Sweden for Portland
The Portland Timbers look to have identified a new right back.
Ryan Miller, who recently played in Sweden for Halmstads BK and Ljungskile SK, is set to be signed by the Timbers, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Ives Galarcep first broke the news earlier on Friday via Twitter.
Here’s 1 more nugget before I fly. I hear Portland is signing defender Ryan Miller, who has spent past few years in Scandinavia. #GreatMove
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 18, 2013
The Timbers declined to comment on the story when contacted by MLSsoccer.com on Friday.
Miller has been playing in Sweden since 2009 after failing to latch on in MLS with D.C. United and the Columbus Crew, the club that originally drafted him 31st overall in the 2008 SuperDraft.
The 28-year-old Notre Dame product did well enough overseas to earn a call-up to the US national team's January camp in 2011.
Miller projects to be the starting right back for a Portland team now managed by first-year manager Caleb Porter. His competition will be 23-year-old Ryan Kawulok, who is currently the only right back on the Timbers' roster.