Tyler Miller has decided to pass on the chance to sign immediately with the Seattle Sounders, who selected him in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, and instead sign with German fourth division club SVN Zweibrücken. Miller told Inside NU Monday that he has signed a contract that will run through the end of the 2014-15 season.
Zweibrücken, based in southwest Germany in Rhineland-Palatinate, plays in the Regionalliga Südwest, one of five regional leagues that comprise the fourth tier of German soccer. The league annually promotes two teams to the 3. Liga, the German third division. Zweibrücken finished 7th last season, but currently sits in 16th place out of 18 teams.
Miller had previously opted to skip the MLS Combine in favor of a trial in Germany. He told Inside NU recently that a big reason for that decision is that in Europe, his visibility to scouts increases. "I want to play in the best league in the world," he also said. "Currently, that is in Europe."
The Sounders, one of the top organizations in MLS, made his decision a bit tougher when they traded up to select him with the 33rd pick in last week's draft. Miller was widely considered one of the top two goalkeepers in the draft class, but his decision to skip the combine hurt his stock. The Sounders knew they were taking a risk when they picked him.
The Sounders hold Miller's MLS rights for two years after taking him in the draft. So if he were to decide to come to MLS sometime in the next two years, Seattle would be able to negotiate with him or trade his rights. If he were to consider MLS anytime after that two year period, he would be free to negotiate with any club.