Whitecaps, Miller agree to part ways

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By DAN KARELL

The Kenny Miller era in Vancouver is officially over.

After nearly three years with the Vancouver Whitecaps, the club and Miller mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Sunday, which was set to expire on June 30. The 34-year-old was signed by the Whitecaps in July 2012 as the club’s fourth Designated Player.

“We are thankful for the contributions Kenny made both on and off the pitch during his time in Vancouver,” Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said in a statement. “He has been a great role model, a constant professional, and someone who I consider a very good friend. We wish him and his family all the best.”

Miller has recently become a player on the periphery as Robinson has focused more on the young core of forwards in the Whitecaps squad, including Darren Mattocks, Kekuta Manneh, and Sebastian Fernandez.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call after the announcement, Miller denied any rumors of a return to Rangers in his native Scotland and said he likely wouldn’t be able to join an English Premier League club because of his age.

The news came somewhat as a shock because Miller had just featured for the Whitecaps off the bench on Saturday in their 3-2 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes. Miller signed a one-year extension in July 2013 through June of this year, and there was reportedly a new contract extension on the table.

In his time in Vancouver, Miller started 34 times in 43 games, finishing with 13 goals and three assists. Last fall, Miller retired from Scotland’s national team following a 12-year run where he made 69 appearances for the Tartan Army and scored 18 goals.

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What do you think of this news? Surprised that Miller would leave in the middle of the season? Do you see Miller returning to Scotland? Think he’ll catch on with another MLS team?

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9 Responses to Whitecaps, Miller agree to part ways

  1. Reo-Coaker might not be far behind.

  2. Steve says:

    July 2012 to May 2014 = nearly three years? I’m not a math major, but…

  3. Limey says:

    Strange timing

  4. Jon. says:

    “The news came somewhat as a shock because Miller had just featured for the Whitecaps off the bench on Saturday in their 3-2 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes.”

    It didn’t come as a shock if you were at the game. Kenny looked uninterested, unexcited and uninvolved. After the game, the folks I was with were speculating that, at the least, his contract would not be renewed when it expired later in the summer.

  5. NASL to El Paso tx says:

    Altidore come to whitecaps :)
    I wonder if anyone will ever get ronaldinho, ronaldinho would love the pacific west

    • mike says:

      hahahaha a couple things: Altidore comes back, hes coming to NY. Ronaldihno loves the sun and the beach, hes not going to a place where those two things are not very doable (dont get me wrong I LOVE the Pacific northwest) if anything if he ever came, it would be LA or MIami.

  6. JakeTheSnake says:

    The Whitecaps need to pick up Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman