The Impact selects defender Eric Miller with the 5th overall pick of the 2014 SuperDraft

PHILADELPHIA, PA - With its first round pick, the Impact chose Generation adidas member and defender Eric Miller from Creighton University with the 5th overall pick at the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, after switching its original pick (10th) with FC Dallas, while sending allocation money and a 2014 international spot.

Eric Miller

Position: Defender
Height: 6’1
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthdate: January 15, 1993, Woodbury, Minnesota, US
Residence: Woodbury, Minnesota, US
Former club: Creighton (NCAA)

“He fits the profile of the type of player we were looking for,” said Impact sporting director Nick De Santis. “He’s a versatile defender, who can play at either fullback position. He’s played at centre back as well. He’s big, strong, he’s get very good feet and a great sense of the game and we are very excited.”

Miller, who turned 21 yesterday, was named to the second team all-Great Lakes region in 2013 after starting 23 of 24 games at midfield with Creighton University. In three college seasons, he recorded four goals and four assists in 63 games, including 62 starts, while leading his team to the College Cup playoffs in 2011 and 2012. He has also played with the United States U20 and U18 selections.

“I’m really excited,” said Miller. “This is a fantastic opportunity to play for the Impact. It’s a great MLS club. I can’t wait to get out there and contribute for the club.”