A proven goalscorer that has represented his native Scotland at the international level, Kenny Miller became Whitecaps FC’s fourth Designated Player signing in the club’s Major League Soccer history on July 16, 2012. The native of Edinburgh, Scotland, comes to MLS after spells with Scottish giants Rangers FC and Celtic FC, as well as several seasons in the English Premier League.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
2013: In 21 appearances during his second MLS season with Whitecaps FC, Miller netted eight goals and recorded one assist while also finishing in a tie for third in the league with five game-winning goals. His first goal of the season came in the ‘Caps second match, stealing the ball and burying the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew on March 9. Miller provided another game-winning goal versus New York Red Bulls on June 1 to give the 'Caps their first road victory of the 2013 season. The Scotsman also scored on March 30, when he came off the bench to net a consolation goal in a 2-1 loss at Chivas USA. The experienced striker bagged two sensational goals, both of which were nominated for MLS Goal of the Week, en route to a 4-3 victory over New England Revolution on June 15. His performance against the Revolution saw him named MLS Player of the Week. Among his other notable moments, Miller scored the game-winning goal in the 'Caps' historic 2-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC on July 6. It didn’t take long for him to find the net again, as he scored an insurance goal in a 2-0 home win over San Jose Earthquakes on July 10. Finally, Miller successfully converted a penalty kick at Montreal Impact on September 21 to help pave the way to a 3-0 Whitecaps FC victory. In the Amway Canadian Championship, Miller made one appearance, starting the final match for Whitecaps FC in a 2-2 draw against Montreal Impact. 2012: Miller started eight of his 14 appearances during his first season in MLS with Whitecaps FC. The striker made his league debut as a late substitute on July 22, as Whitecaps FC defeated San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at BC Place. He made two more substitute appearances before making his first MLS start during Whitecaps FC’s 2-0 home defeat to FC Dallas on Aug. 15. Miller then scored his first goal in MLS during Whitecaps FC's 2-1 defeat at Portland Timbers on Aug. 25. His second MLS goal was his first at BC Place, as Whitecaps FC drew 2-2 with Colorado Rapids on Sept. 23. He then assisted on Gershon Koffie’s match-winning goal during Whitecaps FC’s 4-0 home win over Chivas USA on Oct. 3. Miller then appeared as a second-half substitute in Whitecaps FC’s first-ever match in the MLS Cup Playoffs on November 1, as Vancouver fell 2-1 at defending champions LA Galaxy.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RESERVE LEAGUE 2012: Miller made two starts for Whitecaps FC reserves during his first season with the club, with his first start in a ‘Caps uniform coming in the MLS Reserve League on July 23. The striker played the first half of Whitecaps FC reserves’ 3-1 home defeat to Chivas USA reserves at UBC Thunderbird Stadium.
ENGLAND 2011-12: Following a brief spell with Bursaspor, Miller returned to British soccer when he joined English League Championship side Cardiff City FC for an undisclosed fee on July 26, 2011. His 11 goals in 50 total appearances for the South Wales outfit included a two-goal performance in Cardiff City’s 2-1 home win over Southampton FC on Sept. 28, 2011. The striker’s efforts helped The Bluebirds to the end-of-season promotion playoffs after their sixth-place finish in the English League Championship standings. Cardiff City missed out on promotion to the English Premier League after falling 5-0 on aggregate to eventual playoff winners West Ham United FC in the two-leg semifinals. Miller’s winning goal in a 2-0 quarterfinal win at home to English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers FC on Nov. 29, 2011, helped Cardiff City to the first-ever English League Cup final, where they fell to English and European giants Liverpool FC 3-2 on penalties after a highly-dramatic 2-2 extra-time draw at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 26, 2012. 2007-08: After starting the season with Scotland giants Celtic FC, Miller returned to English soccer when he joined newly-promoted English Premier League side Derby County FC for around £2.25 million on the final day of the European summer transfer window (Aug. 31, 2007). The striker started all 30 of his EPL appearances for The Rams that season, with two of his four league goals coming in both EPL clashes versus Newcastle United FC (Sept. 17 & Dec. 23, 2007). Despite his efforts, Derby County were relegated back to the English League Championship after one season in the EPL. Miller also scored in two clashes with English League Championship side Sheffield Wednesday FC (Jan. 6 & 22, 2008), as Derby County advanced to the fourth round of the English FC Cup. 2005-06: Miller’s fifth and final season with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC saw the Black Country club come within eight points of the promotion playoff places in the English League Championship (seventh place) after scoring 10 goals in 35 league appearances that year. This included two goals in a 4-0 victory at Crewe Alexandra FC on Sept. 27, 2005. He also scored against English League Two side Chester City FC (Aug. 23, 2005) and English League Championship rivals Watford FC (Sept. 20, 2005) during the first two rounds of the English League Cup. Miller also appeared for Wolves in rounds three and four of the English FA Cup. 2004-05: The striker matched his single-season record for league goals as a Wolves player (19) during his 44 appearances, as Wolves finished ninth in the English League Championship standings. This included four two-goal matches versus Wigan Athletic FC (Sept. 11, 2004), West Ham United FC (Jan. 15, 2005), Crewe Alexandra FC (Mar. 5, 2005), and Rotherham United FC (Apr. 23, 2005). Miller also scored in a 4-2 victory at English League Two outfit Rochdale FC in the English League Cup first round and appeared in rounds three and four of the English FA Cup. 2003-04: In Wolves' first campaign in the English top flight for 20 years, Miller made 25 league appearances for the Black Country club. He scored a memorable match winner in a 1-0 home win over Manchester United FC on Jan. 17, 2004, before striking a late equalizer in a 1-1 home draw with Liverpool FC on Jan. 21, 2004. Miller’s debut season in the English Premier League ended with Wolves being relegated back to the English League Championship. He also scored in the 2-0 home win over English League Championship side Burnley FC in the English League Cup third round on Oct. 28, 2003, before scoring both goals in in a 2-0 home win over English League Two side Kidderminster Harriers FC in the English FA Cup third round replay on Jan. 13, 2004. 2002-03: Miller helped Wolves return to the English top flight for the first time in nearly two decades as promotion playoff winners in the English League Championship following a fifth-place finish. In 43 league appearances, the striker’s 19 goals included a hat-trick during a 4-0 home win over Crystal Palace FC on Mar. 1, 2003. Miller also scored the third goal in Wolves’ 3-0 victory over Sheffield United FC in the English League Championship promotion playoff final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on May 26, 2003. He also scored in a penalty shootout defeat at English League Championship rivals Rotherham United FC in the English League Cup second round on Oct. 1, 2002, as well as three goals during Wolves’ run to the English FA Cup quarterfinals. This included two goals in a 4-1 home win over fellow English League Championship promoted side Leicester City FC in the fourth round on Jan. 25, 2003. 2001-02: After making three substitute appearances with Scottish giants Rangers FC, Miller made the move to England when he joined Wolves on a three-month loan on Sept. 6, 2001. That switch to the Black Country outfit became permanent when Wolves paid Rangers £3 million to secure the striker’s services on Dec. 13, 2001, with Miller signing a four-and-a-half contract. A broken collarbone restricted Miller to 22 league appearances and two league goals that season. He scored in a 3-2 victory at Gillingham FC on Sept. 18, 2001, and in a 3-0 victory at Walsall FC on Sept. 21, 2001. With a third-place finish in the English League Championship standings, Wolves appeared in the promotion playoff semifinals, where Miller appeared as a substitute in both legs of a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Norwich City FC on Apr. 28 and May 1, 2002. His English FA Cup debut came as a substitute during a 1-0 defeat at English League Championship rivals Gillingham FC in the third round on Jan. 5, 2002.
TURKISHSUPER LIG 2010-11: Following a second spell with Scottish giants Rangers FC, Miller moved to Turkey when he joined Bursaspor for £400,000 on Jan. 20, 2011, signing a two-and-a-half year contract. Playing the second half of the Turkish Süper Lig season, Miller started all but one of his 15 appearances for Bursaspor, with the first of his five goals for the club coming in his first start for the Green Crocodiles, as they earned a 2-0 home win over Turkish giants Galatasaray on Jan. 29, 2011. The striker helped Bursaspor to a third-place finish in the Turkish Süper Lig standings, and with it, a spot in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League for the 2011-12 season.
SCOTLAND 2010-11: Miller enjoyed a productive end to his second spell with Scottish giants Rangers FC after scoring 21 goals in 18 appearances for the Scottish Premier League (SPL) champions. This included hat-tricks versus former club Hibernian FC (Aug. 22, 2010) and Kilmarnock FC (Nov. 20, 2010). The striker also made a substitute appearance in the quarterfinals of Rangers’ successful run to their 27th Scottish League Cup title, as the Glasgow-based outfit won 2-0 at SPL rivals Kilmarnock FC on Oct. 27, 2010. Miller also appeared in all six Group C matches in the UEFA Champions League, as Rangers faced the likes of English giants Manchester United FC and Spain’s Valencia CF. Miller scored in the Old Firm club’s final group match to earn a 1-1 draw at his future club in Turkish champions Bursaspor on Dec. 7, 2010. Rangers finished third in Group C and qualified for the knockout stages UEFA Europa League that season. His final match for The Gers was in the SPL - a 4-0 home win over Hamilton Academical FC on Jan. 15, 2011. 2009-10: The striker helped Rangers to a 53rd SPL title after scoring 18 goals in 33 league appearances. Among his five two-goal matches in the league were both goals in a 2-1 home win over former club Celtic FC in the Old Firm derby on Oct. 4, 2009. Miller also clinched Rangers’ 26th Scottish League Cup title by scoring the match winner in the final at Hampden Park, at The Gers defeated SPL rivals St. Mirren FC 1-0 on Mar. 21, 2010. He also made five appearances in the UEFA Champions League that season, as Rangers finished bottom of Group G behind Sevilla FC (Spain), VfB Stuttgart (Germany), and FC Unirea Urziceni (Romania). 2008-09: Following a season in English Premier League with Derby County FC, Miller returned to Rangers in a £2 million transfer on June 13, 2008. The striker helped the Old Firm club to a 52nd SPL title after scoring 10 goals in 30 league appearances. He had three two-goal matches in the league, including a pair of goals in a 4-2 victory at arch-rivals Celtic FC on Aug. 31, 2008. Miller also contributed to Rangers’ 33rd Scottish FA Cup title with two goals in a 4-0 victory at Scottish Third Division side Forfar Athletic FC in the fifth round on Feb. 18, 2009, and a goal in a 3-0 win over SPL rivals St. Mirren FC on Apr. 25, 2009. 2007-08: Before moving to newly-promoted English Premier League side Derby County FC, Miller concluded his short career with Scottish giants Celtic FC
Miller has made more than 65 appearances for Scotland at the senior international level, scoring 17 goals along the way and serving as team captain for many of those matches. Miller first made his debut for the Scots on April 25, 2001 when he came on as a substitute in the 80th minute of a 1-1 friendly result against Poland. His first international goal came on March 29, 2003, as the Edinburgh native scored the winner in a 1-0 victory against Iceland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. The striker was called up for Scotland's friendly versus England at Wembley stadium on August 14, 2013: he started the match and scored Scotland's second goal of the evening in his side's 3-2 loss to the Three Lions.