Creighton’s Eric Miller can’t wait to take the next step in his career.
The junior defender signed a Generation Adidas contract, allowing him to enter the professional ranks through the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.
The contract wipes out his final year of eligibility at Creighton. He hopes to join Tyler Polak (2012) and Ross Paule (1997) as Bluejays to leave the program early and get selected in the draft.
“I just had a pretty good offer in front of me,’’ Miller said. “I figured it was the right time to start off my professional career.’’
Players who join the MLS as part of the Generation Adidas program get the opportunity to develop their game at the professional level. In addition to training and playing with one of Major League Soccer’s 19 clubs, Generation Adidas players receive grants to further their college education. They don’t count against an MLS team’s salary budget.
Miller said he’ll be attending a combine from Thursday to Jan. 14, when he’ll get a chance to meet coaches and they’ll see him play in games.
“I hope they like my versatility,’’ he said. “I play simple and work hard.’’
CU coach Elmar Bolowich said he would have liked to see Miller finish his career with the Jays, but said he wishes him well.
“If he goes in the right environment, he’ll be OK,” Bolowich said. “It all depends on where he ends up and what they are going to do.’’
Miller, from Woodbury, Minn., played every minute this season for the Bluejays en route to claiming National Soccer Coaches Association of America Great Lakes All-Region second-team honors.