Miller Earns Spot on U.S. U-20 MNT World Cup Roster
CHICAGO - Creighton men's soccer rising junior Eric Miller was one of 21 players selected to play for the United States Under-20 National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey June 21-July 13, head coach Tab Ramos announced Friday.
This is the sixth time Miller has earned an opportunity to play for the U.S. National Team internationally. The Woodbury, Minn., native was also selected to play in the 2012 Northern Ireland Milk Cup, held July 21-26, 2012. Miller participated in a South American tour with the team in June of 2012.
He also played with the U-20 team U.S. team in a series of international friendlies at the 2012 Marbella Cup in Marbella, Spain last October. Miller competed with the squad at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in February. Most recently, he played in France at the Toulon Tournament.
Miller started 19 matches for the Bluejays in 2012, logging 1,596 minutes. He collected three points on one goal and one assist this season. For his career he has one goal, three assists in 43 matches. He has started 42 matches in two seasons with the Jays while playing 3,638 minutes.
Last season he claimed All-MVC First Team and MVC All-Tournament Team honors on the field. Miller also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for his work in the classroom.
The group is a familiar one during the World Cup qualifying process with 17 of the 21 helping lead the U-20 MNT to a runner-up finish at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship earlier this year.
“We’re very happy about the group we selected,” said Ramos. “Obviously it’s always difficult. Wednesday night we were up till late selecting the final couple players. It’s always hard to let a player go who’s worked so hard to get here, and we know that we have 35 players who are deserving of going to the World Cup.”
The U-20 MNT was drawn into a difficult group for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U.S. opens Group A play against Spain on Friday, June 21, at Ali Sami Yen Arena in Istanbul. The match will be broadcast at 1:45 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. That is followed by a June 24 game against France in Istanbul, live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 10:45 a.m. ET. The U.S. closes out group play with a June 27 match against Ghana at Kadir Has Stadium in Kayseri, Turkey, at 12:45 p.m. ET, live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), 12-Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 21-Zach Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): 13-Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), 3-Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), 5-Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), 18-Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), 4-Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), 14-Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 16-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), 10-Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), 8-Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), 15-Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): 20-Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), 17-Danny Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), 7-Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), 19-Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), 9-Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), 11-Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)