Where are they now? Former Northwestern goalie taking advantage of his opportunity with LAFC

Northwestern alum Tyler Miller’s journey has taken him to New Jersey, Germany, Seattle and Los Angeles. (Photo Courtesy of USA Today Sports)

By Andrew Hattersley

 

Selected as the 27th overall pick of the MLS Expansion Draft on December 12, 2017, former Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller has found a home with LAFC, starting all 33 games in 2018 as well as the first nine games this season.

After allowing five goals in the first four games of this season, Miller has allowed just two goals in the past five games, including three consecutive shutout performances against D.C United, San Jose Earthquakes and FC Cincinnati.

Against Vancouver earlier this month, Miller was called into action early to keep the game scoreless with a diving save off a shot from Yordy Reyna in the 13th minute. Despite making three saves in the game, LAFC fell to the Whitecaps 1-0.

It took a couple of years for Miller to get an opportunity on the MLS level after he was drafted by Seattle in 2015, but almost immediately left to sign with SVN Zweibrücken, a German fourth-division side.

After allowing just 50 goals in 33 games for LAFC last season, Miller was called up for Greg Berhalter’s first United States men’s national team January camp. He received his first call-up to the U.S youth national team system in 2010 with the U-18s and spent time in camp with both the U-20s and the U-23s.


Before making a name for himself on the national stage, the New Jersey native quickly made a name for himself at Northwestern, starting 19 games his freshman year. By the time he left the Wildcats, Miller possessed the school’s all-time record for shutouts with 36 in his four years.

As a senior, Miller led the Big Ten in goals against average (0.56), save percentage (0.853) and shutouts (9).

The Fire are likely going to see Miller, who also spent time with the Chicago Fire’s U-23 side in the Professional Development League between 2013 and 2014, next week when they travel on the road to face at the Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park.

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