Former Creighton men’s soccer star Eric Miller was selected fifth overall by the Montreal Impact at the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Philadelphia on Thursday. The pick was acquired by Montreal from FC Dallas in a draft-day trade.
The defender is the third Bluejay to leave the program early and be selected in the MLS SuperDraft, joining Tyler Polak (2012) and Ross Paule (1997).
Miller had previously signed a Generation Adidas contract, allowing him to enter the professional ranks through the draft. “I just had a pretty good offer in front of me,” Miller said. “I figured it was the right time to start off my professional career.”
As a junior, the Woodbury, Minn. native played every minute of the 2013 season for the Jays and earned Great Lakes All-Region second team honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. During the last two offseasons, Miller served as a member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team.
Creighton remains the nation’s only program to have at least one player drafted into the MLS since the league began in 1996.
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Video: Draft-day interview with Eric Miller: