Nashville SC have re-signed defender Eric Miller for the 2021 season with a club option for 2022. Miller, 28, made six appearances for Nashville last season, including starting their first-ever MLS match.
“Eric offers valuable leadership and experience both on and off the field, and we are happy to have him returning,” said Mike Jacobs, Nashville SC General Manager in a club statement.
Miller was selected in Stage 1 of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft in November, ahead of Nashville’s expansion MLS season. Miller has made a total of 126 MLS appearances throughout his career.
Rookie Alistair Johnston burst onto the scene last season to lock down the right-back position, starting 17 matches and making the position his own. Irakoze Donasiyano, selected with Nashville’s first-round pick in the 2021 SuperDraft, will be another option at the position, but will spend the spring with Virginia at the college level.
Re-signing Miller brings Nashville veteran depth in a needed area, while still allowing Johnston to develop as the first-choice right-back. Miller is a versatile option, likely on a budget-friendly deal (he made $124,000 in 2019), and bringing him back as a depth option in 2021 makes sense for all parties.