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By DAN KARELL
Despite a number of gaffes during his four years with the New York Red Bulls, Roy Miller looks like he’s staying in New York for the near future.
According to the latest report in Costa Rica, where Miller is spending his offseason, the 29-year-old left back is set to sign a new contract with the Red Bulls for next season. The report in Costa Rican publication Al Dia states that Miller turned down a move to Costa Rican giants Deportivo Saprissa because he’s in an established situation from a financial and sporting perspective in New York and doesn’t want to change things leading up to the 2014 World Cup.
The Red Bulls have not yet commented on the report.
Miller, currently the longest-tenured Red Bulls player on the roster, only featured for Mike Petke’s team on 17 occasions, due to injuries and international call-ups. Miller represented Costa Rica in World Cup qualification as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Miller missed the final eight regular season games for the Red Bulls with an Achilles tendon injury picked up early in their 3-2 defeat at Chivas USA. Miller did make the bench for the Red Bulls’ final game of the season, a 2-1 defeat in extra time to the Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Even if the report is true, the Red Bulls are likely to lose Miller for at least two matches, away to Sporting Kansas City on May 27 and away to the New England Revolution on June 7, due to the World Cup. Major League Soccer will be taking a break during the World Cup group stage, but FIFA requires clubs to release their players to the national team squads by May 26.
Despite the errors early in 2013 and in 2012, Miller rebounded well in April and May and was looking like one of the best left backs in MLS before heading off for two tours of international duty in June and July.
What do you think of this report? Happy to see Miller stay with the Red Bulls? Do you expect the Red Bulls to bring in more full backs during the offseason?
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