Costa Rica int’l Miller joins Portland Timbers from Saprissa

By joining the Portland Timbers in 2017, Roy Miller (white jersey) will be playing for his second MLS club. (Photo courtesy of Deportivo Saprissa)

PORTLAND, Oregon – Roy Miller became the second player to join the Portland Timbers from Costa Rican champion Saprissa within two weeks, when his transfer to the Major League Soccer side was announced Wednesday.

The 32-year-old defender will remain with Saprissa through the end of February in order to take part in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Mexico’s Pachuca.

"Roy Miller is a quality professional on and off the pitch who has won trophies for Saprissa and in MLS,” said Portland head coach Caleb Porter. “He will be an important piece on our roster, adding versatility and depth in three positions and giving us another leader in the locker room."

Miller, a Costa Rica international, has made more than 275 professional appearances since beginning his career in 2003, including six seasons in MLS. He spent the past two seasons Saprissa, competing in 48 games and scoring four goals across all competitions. Last month, Miller helped the Monstruo Morado win its 33rd league title.

He’s also played with the New York Red Bulls (2010-15), Sweden’s Orgryte (2009).and Norwegian sides Rosenborg (2008-09) and Bodo/Glimt (2005-07).

With Costa Rica, Miller was part of the squad that advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (1 game/0 goals). He has also competed in CONCACAF Gold Cup (2005, 2013, 2015), the Copa Centroamericana (2011, 2014) and the FIFA U-17 World Cup (2001).

Saprissa, which has also seen a pair of other defenders -- Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo) and Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United) -- leave the club for MLS recently, transferred midfielder David Guzman to Portland on December 22, 2016.