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2016 Player Profile #23: Tyler Miller

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Like every 2016 Sounder, Tyler Miller is an MLS Cup champion.

Photos: Training Day One Mike Russell Foto

At 23, Tyler Miller looks every bit like a future Seattle Sounders starting keeper - if he can keep earning time over 2017 addition Bryan Meredith. Miller was the bench keeper in MLS play in 2016, but may wind up the permanent S2 starter in 2017 to provide him more game reps.

The ranking is based on several hundred Sounder at Heart readers’ votes. Realio rated every single MLS regular season and playoff game as well as the two CONCACAF Champions League matches. He did not rate USL or USOC play.

Tyler Miller 2016

Competitions Minutes Starts Subs Goals Against Save % Realio Rating
Competitions Minutes Starts Subs Goals Against Save % Realio Rating
MLS 90 1 0 2 50% 5
MLS Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0% N/A
USOC 300 3 0 5 67% N/A
CCL 0 0 0 0 0% N/A
USL 1080 12 0 15 75% N/A
TOTALS 1470 16 0 22 65%
Average 5

Shot Stopping:

Quick hands and feet; he tends to be in the proper position. Some youthful errors that should correct over time. Strongest performance was in the Open Cup with an impressive eight saves as the outfield was overrun by RSL’s first team. The only goal against was a penalty. Miller builds on success, and if he does well early can get on a hot streak.

Distribution:

When punting the ball can go catawampus, winding up all over the place. Great vision when throwing with his hands; can start breaks with the throw. Needs to keep the ball lower to aid his team on restarts.

Leadership:

S2’s keepers counted on their CBs more than themselves in 2016. Needs to improve his domination the box.

Realio’s Thoughts:

Tyler Miller only featured once for the first team this year, garnering a 5 for an away appearance at RSL, in the second game with Frei hurt. Miller's rating likely boiled down to how you judged him on a last minute goal via Jamison Olave header that gave RSL the win. I was disappointed by the play and docked the young keeper, but ultimately believe it is also easily fixed with coaching. Outside of this score-changing play, he showed no fear of playing with the first team and fit in well.

Tyler shows great instincts and the ability to make the spectacular save, while also possessing solid foot skills. His decision making was impressive for a new player, although there is plenty of room for improvement. He has a definite need to work on distribution via foot (his throw is outstanding). I feel very confident with Miller as the backup to Frei, and, as we saw in MLS Cup final, (which we won btw) Tyler will likely remain a backup for the near future. Learning from Tom Dutra and training with a guy who was just called into USMNT camp (and MVP of the final) is a great spot for Miller to be. While I think he could probably start (and succeed) for a lot of MLS clubs right now, his time for SSFC is likely a few years down the line.

Best Case 2017:

Starting all 34 S2 matches and leading them on a run in the playoffs.