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MLS Expansion Draft: Sounders lose Tyler Miller

The Sounders backup goalkeeper heads to Tinseltown with the first pick of the expansion draft.

Max Aquino

The losses keep coming for the Seattle Sounders. The latest may not be the worst, but it hurts nonetheless. LAFC has selected backup goalkeeper Tyler Miller with the first pick of the MLS Expansion Draft on Tuesday. The Sounders will receive $50,000 of General Allocation Money as compensation.

The 24-year-old has been the Sounders’ primary backup to Stefan Frei each of the past two years and drew strong praise from the veteran upon being picked. Although he’s had only a handful of first-team appearances across all competitions, he posted a shutout in the first leg of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Dynamo. He also led the Sounders to a win over Real Salt Lake in the 2016 U.S. Open Cup, saving a pair of penalties in the shootout and making eight saves in the run of play. Miller was well-regarded enough by the Sounders that they chose to protect him during last year’s Expansion Draft.

However, it turns out that only delayed his departure by a year. The Sounders had a significantly deeper roster this year and simply couldn’t justify protecting a player with three career starts in MLS play over someone like Will Bruin, who scored 13 goals in fewer than 2,500 minutes.

The other four expansion draft picks made by LAFC were Latif Blessing from Sporting KC, Marco Urena from San Jose, Jukka Raitala from Columbus, and Raheem Edwards from Toronto. With the expansion draft complete, free agents can now begin negotiating new deals and clubs can resume making trades.

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