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Roy Miller Linked to the Timbers

Match Gallery: Portland Timbers vs. Deportivo Saprissa
Roy Miller tangles with Vytas ahead of a set piece.
Roscoe Myrick

David Guzman may not be the only player from Deportivo Saprissa coming to Portland this winter. A report from Teletica in Costa Rica links the Costa Rican centerback and and left back Roy Miller with the Timbers in what would be something of a package deal with Guzman.

Miller, 32, is a veteran of both the Costa Rican national team who played for the New York Red Bulls for six seasons, making 122 MLS starts during that span. Miller has been capped 51 times by Costa Rica, but has recently fallen out of Oscar Ramirez’s side.

Nonetheless, Miller has remained a starter for Saprissa, who just won their 33rd Primera Division title on Friday. Miller has played primarily as a centerback for Saprissa and the national team in recent years, finding new life after what was at times a tumultuous run at left back with the Red Bulls.

If the Timbers ink Miller, he will likely slot in as depth both at the left centerback and left back positions for Portland, although it is unlikely he would immediately push for a starting spot barring absences from Caleb Porter’s first-choice team.

Miller likely would not occupy an international roster slot on account of his previous tenure with the Red Bulls.