The Seattle Sounders traded up to pick No. 33, the 12th pick of the second round, in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft to take standout Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller.
Miller, a four-year starter at NU, had been projected by some as a top-10 pick early in the draft process. But recently, he decided to forgo the combine and instead head to Europe for tryouts with a few German clubs. That made him a huge wild card in the eyes of MLS clubs.
Now, Miller will have a decision to make. The Sounders own his MLS rights, and Miller could choose to sign with them. Or, depending on the results of his European tryouts, he could choose sign overseas.
Miller would become the Sounders' third goalkeeper. Seattle recently acquired veteran Troy Perkins; and incumbent Stefan Frei, for whom the Sounders traded a first round pick last year, will return in 2015. MLSSoccer.com analyst Matt Doyle says Miller would immediately slot in as the starter on the Sounders' reserve team. It would be tough for him to supplant Frei in the near future though.
The Sounders traded away "future considerations" to move up to take Miller. It's a high-risk, high-reward move, and one that makes a lot of sense for a team that has two veteran goalkeepers but no younger third shot-stopper.
Look for Miller to make his decision on whether to go to Europe or sign with Seattle sometime soon. We'll have the news then, but you can also check out Sounder at Heart, SB Nation's Sounders site, for more on Miller from the Sounders perspective.