Roy Miller (footballer)

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Roy Miller
Personal information
Full name Roy Miller Hernández
Date of birth (1984-11-24) November 24, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Cartago, Costa Rica
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 7
Youth career
2001–2003 Cartaginés
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Cartaginés 34 (0)
2005–2007 Bodø/Glimt 52 (6)
2008–2009 Rosenborg 17 (0)
2009 Örgryte (loan) 14 (0)
2010– New York Red Bulls 113 (0)
National team
2001 Costa Rica U17 4 (0)
2005– Costa Rica 48 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:24, 7 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Miller and the second or maternal family name is Hernández.

Roy Miller Hernández (born November 24, 1984, in San José) is a Costa Rican footballer who currently plays for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer and the Costa Rica national football team.



Miller began his career in the youth ranks of Cartaginés. In 2002 he went on trial with Argentine side Olimpo de Bahía Blanca, but was unable to acclimate himself to the club and returned to Costa Rica.[1]

Miller turned professional with Cartaginés before moving to the north of Norway at Bodø/Glimt along with his compatriot and teammate at Cartaginés, Randall Brenes.[2] He had a successful stay at Bodø/Glimt, appearing in 52 league matches and scoring 6 goals, leading to interest from top Norwegian side Rosenborg.

Miller playing for Bodø/Glimt

In February 2008 Miller signed a 3-year long contract with Rosenborg,[3] and quickly established himself as the team's starting left back. A knee injury curtailed his progress with Rosenborg, and upon returning to action, he was loaned out to Örgryte on 28 July 2009.[4] With Örgryte Miller played in the final 14 games of the 2009 Allsvenskan season. Miller was very appreciated by the Örgryte fans.

In January 2010, Miller signed a 2-year long contract with New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. On 20 March 2010, Miller started for Red Bulls in a 3–1 victory against Santos FC, which was the first match played at the new Red Bull Arena.[5] Miller made his Major League Soccer debut on 27 March 2010, playing the full 90 in New York's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against Chicago Fire that ended in a 1–0 victory for New York.[6] On October 21, 2010 Miller started for Red Bulls in a 2–0 victory over New England Revolution which clinched the regular season Eastern Conference title.[7]

In December 2013 it was reported that Miller would be returning to Costa Rica to sign with top club Saprissa, however, Miller rejected the clubs offer and decided to renew his contract with New York.[8]

March 10, 2013, melt-down[edit]

In the second game of the season versus the San Jose Earthquakes, Roy Miller put together a string of poor decisions that ultimately cost the Red Bulls a win. First, with his Red Bulls leading 1–0 in the 83rd minute, Miller lost his mark on a cross in the penalty area headed towards the Earthquake's substitute Adam Jahn.[9] Jahn scored with a right-footed volley. Secondly, with the score now 1–1, in the 90th minute, Miller blocked a header from Jahn with his left arm, which was at the level of his head.[10] The handling foul resulted in a penalty kick for the Earthquakes. Thirdly, during Chris Wondolowski's run-up to the ball to take the penalty kick, Miller intentionally encroached into the penalty area.[11] Miller later admitted the encroachment was intentional.[12] He misunderstood the encroachment rule, thinking that if he intentionally encroached and Wondolowski scored, the penalty kick would have to be retaken. Miller thought he would force Wondolowski to score twice. However, his interpretation of the Laws of the Game were incorrect. If Wondolowski had scored, the goal would have counted anyway. Unfortunately for Miller, the Red Bulls goalkeeper, Luis Robles, saved the penalty kick. Due to Miller's encroachment and Wondolowski's miss, the penalty kick was retaken. Wondolowski converted the retaken penalty, giving the Earthquakes a 2–1 victory.

In the aftermath, Miller was sent to his native Costa Rica to prepare for the Ticos' World Cup qualifier against the United States, and was left off the Red Bulls 18-man active roster for the following game against D.C. United.[13] Miller consequently regained his starting position and received positive comments for his play by coach Mike Petke.


Miller was an unmovable player at youth levels with the Ticos. He played in the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Trinidad & Tobago and the qualification rounds for the 2006 FIFA World Cup,[14] he was left out of the squad just a few weeks before the inaugural game's kick off.

Miller made his full debut for the Ticos in 2005 as a substitute against Ecuador, and has since then collected 46 more caps including two in the 2010 World Cup qualification playoffs against Uruguay.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list. Costa Rica's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 June 2013 Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica  Honduras 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification



Rosenborg BK

New York Red Bulls


Costa Rica


Club Season Primera División UNCAF Copa Interclubes CONCACAF Champions' Cup Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
2003–04 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2004–05 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Club Total 34 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
Club Season Tippeligaen Norwegian Cup UEFA Europa League Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
2005 17 1 2 0 0 0 19 1
2006 17 3 3 1 0 0 20 4
2007 18 2 2 0 0 0 20 2
Club Total 52 6 7 1 0 0 59 7
2008 14 0 2 0 4 0 20 0
2009 3 0 3 1 3 0 9 1
Club Total 17 0 5 1 7 0 29 1
Club Season MLS U.S. Open Cup/MLS Cup CONCACAF Champions League Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
New York Red Bulls
2010 25 0 4 0 0 0 29 0
2011 30 0 3 0 0 0 33 0
2012 24 0 2 0 - - 26 0
2013 17 0 1 0 - - 18 0
2014 15 0 - - 1 0 16 0
Club Total 111 0 10 0 1 0 122 0

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