Vancouver Signs Kenny Miller To DP Deal

Vancouver Signs Kenny Miller To DP Deal

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 16, 2012
  • Designated Player, Features, Kenny Miller

Kenny Miller is a big risk but could be a big “get” for Vancouver. (Getty Images)

Many wondered last week why the Vancouver Whitecaps would be quick to trade away forward Sebastien Le Toux. It turns out they had an even bigger deal set in motion that required such a trade.

The Whitecaps announced the signing of of Scottish international striker Kenny Miller as the club’s newest Designated Player. Vancouver has now used up all three of their DP slots.

The Scottish national team captain comes to MLS after spending the 2011-12 English League Championship season with Cardiff City FC – whom he joined in July 2011 following a short spell in Turkey with Bursaspor. He’s scored 187 goals in 547 career club matches.

Miller has the unique distinction to have played for both of Scotland’s Old Firm clubs (Rangers and Celtic). This included two spells with Rangers FC, where he scored 67 goals in 145 total appearances. He won the Scottish Premier League, Scottish FA Cup, and Scottish League Cup titles with Rangers and Celtic.

Miller has scored 16 goals in 60 international appearances for his country.

This is certainly a bold risk for Vancouver. They sign a DP at the same position as a potential star in the making in rookie Darren Mattocks. That is were the bold risk comes into play for the Caps. How coach Martin Rennie juggles the play of a DP and a potential Rookie of the Year finalist in the middle of a playoff run will be interesting.