Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Q&A with former U-20 MNT defender Eric Miller of Montreal Impact

Former U-20 MNT defender Eric Miller
I had a chance to catch up with former U.S. Men's National Team defender Eric Miller, who was picked No. 5 overall by the Montreal Impact in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Here is a snippet of what he told us at ussoccer.com:

ussoccer.com: How do you feel your MLS Combine went, and did that solidfy your stock heading into Draft Day?
EM: "I think the Combine went pretty well for me, personally. I think I might have actually boosted my stock a little bit there. I don't think I was incredibly strongly rated after our college season at Creighton didn't go as well as we would have hoped, and I think after playing fairly well at the Combine, I may have moved up a little bit on some draft boards."

ussoccer.com: Even though you did not play in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and had an injury in qualifying, what was last year like playing with that particular group?
EM: "The U-20 experience was still phenomenal. I played in games in the Milk Cup and Toulon Tournament against some really great players, and we had so many great experiences. The CONCACAF final in front of 55,000 fans, making a lot of great friends, and getting a jersey with my name on the back are definitely some of my personal highlights, but there are too many to name. Tab Ramos and the whole staff were so professional. I learned more in that 18-month cycle than I did in the rest of my career, probably."

For the full interview, visit ussoccer.com.

Here is our sitdown from 2013, when the U-20s were competing in the Toulon Tournament in France in preparation for the U-20 World Cup:

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