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Former Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller makes first MLS start for Seattle Sounders

Photo: Seattle Sounders on Twitter

Former Northwestern soccer goalkeeper Tyler Miller made his first career start today for the Seattle Sounders in their 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake Saturday.

Miller is starting in place of regular goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who is out with an injury. Frei's injury is not expected to be serious, but while he remains sidelined, Miller figures to be coach Sigi Schmidt's first choice in goal.

Miller signed with the Sounders this past offseason after spending half a season with SVN Zweibrucken in a German fourth division. The Sounders had drafted Miller in the second round of the 2015 MLS Draft, and therefore held his MLS rights.

Miller makes the start on his 23rd birthday.

Miller gave up his first MLS goal in the 43rd minute to Nigerian midfielder Sunny, which tied the score at 1. He came up with this big save in the second half:

Miller then conceded the game-winner in the 86th minute when he was beaten to a cross by RSL defender Jamison Olave.