Loons goalkeeper Tyler Miller opens up about mental health struggles
Providence Park in Portland, Ore., has been considered one of the toughest places to play in Major League Soccer. Thousands of members in the Timber Army supporters group are directly over the shoulders of opposing goalkeepers for 45 minutes each match. They often chant, “Dod-gy kee-per!”
If Tyler Miller had heard that chorus at the end of last season with Los Angeles FC, it would have rattled around inside his head, he told the Pioneer Press during a series of interviews.
“Am I dodgy?” he would have wondered. “I can’t make a mistake.”
Miller should have been enjoying career highs last season — nine shutouts, 28 goals allowed in 28 games and an 18-2-8 record for LAFC in 2019 — and his first call-up to the U.S. men’s national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June. Instead, that’s when things started to go haywire.
During the continental tournament, Miller watched from the bench while compatriots Zack Steffen and Sean Johnson tended the net during the Americans’ run to a second-place finish behind Mexico. Without playing a game in six weeks, he fell out of form and found it difficult to return to a rhythm back with LAFC.
“I started not enjoying soccer altogether,” Miller said. “I didn’t enjoy showing up to training. I didn’t enjoy the daily grind or the work that was required of me to be successful.
“Once that started to hit, playing in games, really, they were fun and good, but when it was all said and ...
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