LOS ANGELES — Seattle goalkeeper Tyler Miller was the Los Angeles Football Club’s first pick Tuesday in the Major League Soccer expansion draft.
Miller, 24, made eight appearances for Sounders across all competitions since being drafted in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Miller most recently recorded a shutout in Seattle’s 2-0 victory over Houston in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship in place of the injured Stefan Frei. He has two career MLS regular-season appearances, a 4-3 win over D.C. United on July 19, 2017, and a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on March 12, 2016. Miller also has five starts in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play.
LAFC also chose Sporting Kansas City forward Latif Blessing, San Jose forward Marco Urena, Columbus left back Jukka Raitala and Toronto defender Raheem Edwards.
LAFC general manager John Thorrington is uncertain how many of the five players will be with the club when it begins play as the 23rd MLS franchise in March. Some of Thorrington’s selections could be traded.
Just four of the 10 combined players chosen by Atlanta and Minnesota in last year’s expansion draft actually stayed with their clubs, and just three appeared in a game. The general managers of the two teams traded six of the 10 players selected for additional assets.