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29 minutes ago, Keegan said:

Actually I’m almost certain he is a left footed player, which could be a huge advantage to him depending on the side the others play.  

I didn't know that. But I do know he's played the RB position before though. 

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4 hours ago, Vince193 said:

His minutes could be cut significantly. The new CB Orlando signed is left footed and can play in a 3 man backline.

It is possible but the new CB is a 27 year old who has played one season in the Allsvenskan and was previously a 2nd tier player. He seemed to have a breakout year last year becoming a starting CB for the best Swedish club. He may or may not end up being a good player but it is not like they have signed a Bundesliga veteran CB. It looks more like they are taking a chance on a guy who was probably not that expensive and hoping he is a MLS level player. This deal was likely mostly done before they knew Miller would be a possible starter since even most 1st round draft picks do not pan out as well as Miller seems to be. While AIK is Sweden's best team, to put in perspective in Europa League qualifying last year they scraped by Shamrock Rovers in extra time before losing both games to Danish side Nordsjaelland in the second round. That is not to say he is a bad player but if you want to be a starter in MLS you need to be able to compete against players of this calibre. If Orlando was bringing in a DP CB veteran Bundesliga player or something similar then we would be right to worry about him not being able to compete.

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On 3/14/2019 at 7:42 AM, Vince193 said:

His minutes could be cut significantly. The new CB Orlando signed is left footed and can play in a 3 man backline.

Normally I would agree, but in my eyes he was the best of the 3(trying to be neutral). 

Hopefully they stick with Miller.

Here is the video of last weekend's goal Orlando conceded late, awful defending by Shane O'neil (#12), just watching a floater come into the box, 3 min mark.  https://www.orlandocitysc.com/post/2019/03/09/highlights-chicago-fire-1-orlando-city-1?autoplay=true

No doubt Miller needs to still earn it, hopefully he gets the start this weekend as he should be tested next weekend vs Seattle.

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6 hours ago, BrennanFan said:

Not in the 18 today. 

A bit of a strange decision from the quote below. Orlando's defense especially the CBs were very poor today so in some way that was a good result for him as I expect he will be back in the starting lineup next game:

 

Kamal Miller was dropped from the 18 as the coaching staff would like to manage the rookie’s minutes.

https://www.themaneland.com/2019/3/16/18268852/orlando-city-vs-montreal-impact-final-score-3-1-as-early-mistakes-doom-lions

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2 hours ago, toontownman said:

Well the good news is they obviously rate him and dont want to push him too hard. Also they looked worse without him. 

Really at 22 he should be able to handle the minutes and needs game time to grow. Hope to see him back next week. 

Yeah I get it if the kid is like 17 or 18, but at 22 I don't see the need. 

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15 hours ago, Keegan said:

I think it was just a convenient excuse to give O’Neil another shot for the time being.

If that was the reason O'Neil certainly did not justify the decision and it was his terrible back pass to the keeper that caused the second goal.

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On 3/6/2019 at 11:22 AM, El Diego said:

Nice article. People can say what they want about college athletics and the NCAA road for soccer players (and trust me, I'm not some NCAA apologist in either scenario), but the truth is there are some virtues to the college path (both within in and outside the sport).

100% and yes, every athlete needs to pick the path right for them at the time.

Syracuse has a rich history athletically and academically, huge $ behind all sports teams, big alma mater and big community support for their athletic programs. It is also "close to home (Canada)", usually helps for a smoother life transition.

From a conditioning, strength, fitness, rehab, recovery, nutrition, etc. etc. these big NCAA schools are backed by big financial support, so provide excellent support in those areas. So outside of footy specifically, the additional benefits can be very helpful to an individual's/athlete's overall growth, both athletically(if go pro) and personally.

Miller played NCAA ball, summer playing USL-2, and now a few starts in MLS. Crazy, but he must be one of our current CB's who has seen the most "90 min game time" the last 24-36 months? Not at a super high level, but perhaps that is why the "managing the minutes by Orlando"? Can't confirm how many appearance he made as a freshman but from 2016-2019(sept 16-march19) he must be close to 100 games played over ~2.5 years, not sure how many CB's we actually have playing that much?

I'm sure he will have some ups and downs but hopefully he can stay as consistent as possible. Very unique prospect for the CMNT, and a CB, wish him the best. :)

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