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By FRANCO PANIZO
New York Red Bulls fans worried about losing Roy Miller to international duty for an extended stretch need not be.
A source has informed SBI that Roy Miller will be staying with the Red Bulls despite being included in Costa Rica’s final 25-man roster for the upcoming Copa Centroamericana. A deal was struck between the two sides in recent days, and Miller will only join the Ticos if they make the tournament final on Sept. 13.
The Red Bulls were not keen on losing their starting left back for the competition that begins on Sept. 3 given that they are in the midst of a tight playoff race and have a string of matches coming up against fellow Eastern Conference teams.
The deal means that New York will not lose Miller for the three league matches that he would have missed had he left for the start of the tournament, which is being played in the United States and will determine the Central American nations that reach next summer’s Gold Cup.
The 29-year-old defender will now miss just one MLS match, a road fixture vs. the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 13, if Costa Rica reaches the championship game in Los Angeles. He would have missed home fixtures against top Eastern Conference teams Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United on Sept. 6 and 10, respectively, had the deal not been reached.
Miller spent a chunk of time away from the club earlier this summer to play in the World Cup, but that still has not stopped him from arguably being the Red Bulls’ best defender this year. He has started 14 of the 15 league matches he’s played in, and contributed with two assists.
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