May 2, 2018 / 7:11 PM / 4 months ago

Minnesota United trade Nicholson to Colorado for Miller

The Minnesota United dealt forward Sam Nicholson to the Colorado Rapids for defender Eric Miller, both teams announced on Wednesday.

The Rapids also sent $50,000 in general allocation money to Minnesota, and received an international roster spot in return.

Nicholson, 23, scored two goals in 20 matches (14 starts) with Minnesota dating back to last season. He has one goal in eight games this season.

Miller, 25, has played in 86 MLS matches but was sitting out this season due to a dispute with new coach Anthony Hudson over the type of defensive alignment being utilized.

“We wish Sam all the best in Colorado and thank him for his contributions to the club,” Minnesota United sporting director Manny Lagos said in a statement. “Adding a quality, versatile defender like Eric right now is important. We look forward to building on key areas of our roster moving forward and this allows us to do just that.”

While Miller can help a struggling Minnesota defense that has allowed 16 goals in eight matches, the Rapids hope Nicholson can spruce up their offensive attack.

“Sam is a high-intensity player who looks to break lines and get forward,” Rapids general manager Padraig Smith said in a statement. “He also has a very high soccer IQ, fits our system very well, and will be a quality addition to our locker room. We look forward to welcoming him to Colorado.”

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