ST. PAUL -- Minnesota United picked up goalkeeper Tyler Miller in a trade with Los Angeles FC, a source confirmed to the Pioneer Press on Thursday. The addition of Miller, who has been a member of the U.S. men’s national team, could come in an official announcement this week.
The Loons will give LAFC $150,000 in General Allocation Money in 2020 and $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money, the source said. This news was first reported by the Star Tribune and The Athletic.
Miller is out of contract, so Minnesota would have to negotiate a new deal. He reportedly was not training this week with LAFC, which announced the addition of Dutch goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer on Wednesday.
The addition of Miller ends Minnesota’s pursuit in retaining Vito Mannone, who won MLS goalkeeper of the year in 2019. Once Mannone turned down two lucrative offers to make him the highest-paid goalie in the league, the Loons turned their attention to other options, including former Manchester City and English national team goalie Joe Hart.
After playing two games with the Seattle Sounders in two seasons, Miller was acquired by LAFC with the first pick in the 2018 expansion draft and was a part of the club’s record-setting first two seasons in MLS. He had 19 shutouts in 61 games across the 2018-19 seasons, and he allowed an average of one goal per 90 minutes when LAFC won the Supporters Shield last season.
Miller, of Woodbury, N.J., will keep United from using an international roster spot. Miller had a guaranteed compensation of $77,000 in 2019, per the MLS players association, a far cry from the proposal offered to Mannone, which was believed to exceed $700,000. Miller is due for a raise.