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Timbers 2 sign defender Roy Miller

After two seasons with the first team, the 34-year-old defender joins Portland’s USL Championship side

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Roy Miller is staying in the Rose City. The veteran MLS defender has joined USL Championship side Portland Timbers 2, the club announced in an official statement Saturday.

Miller spent the past two seasons with the first team, earning plaudits and becoming a fan favorite for his steady presence on the backline in 2017. Miller spent the 2018 season recovering from a ruptured Achilles injury suffered during the 2017 postseason. During his rehab he made seven appearances for T2, all of them starts.

Miller brings experience and versatility to the T2 defense, being able to slot in at either center back or left back. It is expected that he will serve as a veteran presence and resource for the younger players on the backline, which is expected to feature a mix of first-team and T2 players throughout the season.

After his long road back from injury, it’s an encouraging sight to see Miller stick around with the Timbers organization and have the chance to continue his career in Portland. The big man was a positive and respected presence within the first-team locker room, and fans will be heartened to know that he will still be wearing green and gold in 2019.