At the end of March, Jared Watts was sent to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for $100K in TAM, and the Colorado Rapids have confirmed that Eric Miller has been traded to Minnesota United FC along with $50K in GAM for midfielder Sam Nicholson and an international slot. According to MLSSoccer.com, Nicholson made a little more than $281,000 in 2017, while Miller made a little more than $86,000, but Sam Stejskal reported that Minnesota is hanging on to almost $100K of Nicholson’s salary and absorbing all of Miller’s.
Miller joined the Rapids from the Montreal Impact in 2016 in exchange for a 2018 First Round Super Draft pick and General Allocation Money. He was a key part of our 2016 defense and a regular starter in 2017, but hasn’t seen playing time this season. While he has had some minor injury issues, his lack of play is more likely because he doesn’t fit into the 3-5-2 system and/or Anthony Hudson feels that the other guys who were brought in are better fits. The move also makes sense for Miller personally, since his family is based in Minnesota.
“As an organization, we’re very thankful to Eric for both his professionalism and for what he’s been able to accomplish during his time here in Colorado. We wish him nothing but the best in this next chapter of his career.”— Ryan Madden (@Ry_Madden) May 2, 2018
- #Rapids96 EVP/GM, Pádraig Smith
Nicholson, 23, signed a two-year deal with Minnesota in July 2017. He played in 12 games, started in 8, and had one goal and one assist. In 2018, the Scottish player has played in all 8 games for MNU, started in 6, and also has one goal and one assist. He typically plays on the left wing, which means he will likely compete with Enzo Martinez and Shkelzen Gashi for a starting midfield position.
Nicholson came up through the Heart of Midlothian youth system in Edinburgh and played for the Hearts senior squad from 2013-2017. Current Rapids centerback Danny Wilson also played for the Hearts from 2013-2015. Nicholson has made several appearances for Scotland’s U19 and U21 National Teams.
Rapids Executive Vice President and General Manager, Pádraig Smith said that they’re “very pleased to add another key element to our attack. Sam is a high-intensity player who looks to break lines and get forward. He also has a very high soccer IQ, fits our system very well, and will be a quality addition to our locker room. We look forward to welcoming him to Colorado.”
I have heard that Nicholson will be available as early as this weekend vs. Sporting Kansas City.
Good luck to Eric and welcome to Colorado, Sam!