The 14th edition of the MLS Expansion Draft occurred on Tuesday for incoming expansion side Austin FC, and the final selection had some impact towards Orlando City.
Lions left back Kamal Miller was selected as the fifth and final pick by Austin sporting director Claudio Reyna.
But Miller’s move was short-lived as Austin FC announced moments later a trade that sent Miller to the Montreal Impact in exchange for $225,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and a first round pick (11th) in the upcoming 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
Orlando City will reportedly receive $50,000 in GAM with Miller being selected by Austin, according to The Athletic.
Miller was one of seven players left unprotected by Orlando ahead of Tuesday’s draft, joining: Kyle Smith, Joey DeZart, Uri Rosell, Matheus Aias, Alexander Alvarado and Tesho Akindele.
The 23-year-old Canadian was selected as the 27th overall pick from Syracuse back in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando, where he made 30 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Miller’s exodus now leaves a gap at the left back position, which Miller held down for most of this past season due to João Moutinho’s long-term injury that kept him out for most of 2020 and now through May of the 2021 season.
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