PHILADELPHIA – Creighton men’s soccer alumnus Eric Miller was selected fifth overall by the Montreal Impact at the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Philadelphia Thursday.
Earlier this month, Miller signed a Generation adidas contract allowing the junior to enter the professional ranks. The defender is the third Creighton player to leave the program early and get selected in the MLS SuperDraft, joining Tyler Polak (2012) and Ross Paule (1997).
Miller joins five former Creighton players including current CU assistant coach Johnny Torres that have claimed first-round SuperDraft selections in school history. That quintet includes Torres (5th overall - 1998), Richard Mulrooney (3rd overall - 1999), Brian Mullan (9th overall - 2001), Ethan Finlay (10th overall - 2012) and Andrew Duran (15th overall - 2012).
Miller played every minute of the 2013 season for the Jays en route to claiming National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Great Lakes All-Region Second Team honors. The Woodbury, Minn. native scored three goals this season for Creighton, increasing his career total to four. Miller scored game-winning shots against Xavier and at Butler this season, the first of his career. He also assisted on a goal at William & Mary to finish the season with seven points for the Jays. Miller was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week twice during the season and also earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll.
In three years at Creighton, Miller played 63 matches and amassed 12 career points with four goals and four assists. In addition to NSCAA All-Region honors in 2013, he earned CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Scholar-Athlete laurels for work off the field in 2012. That year he claimed All-MVC First Team and All-Tournament Team honors after collecting MVC All-Freshman Team honors following the 2011 campaign.
Miller started in two NCAA College Cups during his stay in Omaha. He also spent time over the last two offseasons as a member of the United States Under-20 Men’s National Team.
Creighton remains the only soccer program in the nation to have at least one player drafted (supplemental draft included) into MLS since the league began in 1996. With Miller’s selection, 32 Bluejays have been drafted by MLS.
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