The new side of the expansion continued to build its inaugural roster with the 2020 expansion plan on Tuesday.
Ahead of the draft, Austin FC athletic director Claudio Reyna said he was looking to bring in experienced players into MLS, citing the trades they made prior to the draft in the window. ‘half-day exchange earlier in the week, and saying they were planning on doing it. be competitive “from day one”.
Reyna and head coach Josh Wolff picked a mix of established veterans and young players in the expansion draft, then traded with the Montreal Impact for their fifth and final pick, Kamal Miller, which gives them some flexibility in the upcoming 2021 SuperDraft MLS.
The exchange made sense for both teams here: defender Kamal Miller will fit into Thierry Henry’s three-back system with the Impact, while Austin will win a SuperDraft pick in the 2021 first round (11th overall) that they can use on a young player or to fill in gaps in their roster. The expansion side will also receive $ 225,000 in general allocation money from Montreal. Miller has made 28 appearances for Orlando City SC in the past two seasons.
📰 | Austin FC traded Kamal Miller to the Montreal Impact in exchange for $ 225,000 in general allowance and a first round pick (11th) in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. Https://t.co/u1SFU4nrt9
– Austin FC (@AustinFC) December 15, 2020
“We are pleased with the acquisition of this young Canadian international, who had an excellent 2020 season,” said Impact sporting director Olivier Renard in a team statement. “Kamal is a left-handed defender with a different style than what we already have in this position. ”