Kenny Miller has hinted at the possibility of remaining with the Vancouver Whitecaps beyond this summer.
The 34-year old Scottish striker is out of contract in June and free to talk to other clubs about signing a pre-contract agreement.
The Whitecaps Designated Player scored a brace in the Canadian club’s 4-1 MLS season-opening win over New York Red Bulls on the weekend and he hinted that producing a match-winning double like that could help him lock down a new deal with Vancouver.
“Listen, it's one game,” Miller told reporters following Saturday's match.
“It's fantastic, we're going to go away and enjoy it (the win) – but it would be great to be off the market early doors.”
Miller opened the scoring in the 34th minute when he coolly slotted home from the penalty spot, sending Luis Robles the wrong way, after former Toronto FC defender Richard Eckersley was penalised for handling the ball in the area.
Offseason loan signing Sebastian Fernandez marked his MLS arrival with a stunning goal in the 49th minute after Miller had found Darren Mattocks with a long ball.
The ex-Rangers star then made it 3-0 in the 77th minute with a sublime volley from a bouncing ball over Robles after he was found by a beautiful Pedro Morales through ball.
Chilean midfielder Morales, also on his MLS debut, wrapped it up in the final minute of regular time when he finished Nigel Reo-Coker’s lovely cut-back with a first-time effort before the Red Bulls grabbed a consolation goal in injury time courtesy of a Bradley Wright-Phillips header.
Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson, who was overseeing his first game in charge, was full of praise for veteran attacker Miller who has now scored 12 MLS goals since his 2012 arrival from Cardiff City.
“Kenny's come back, worked his way over the offseason and he's got fit now,” Robinson said. “He hasn't had a full preseason under his belt, but Kenny's a top player as well, and he makes others around him better.
“He got his reward today for a very good performance.”
The Whitecaps next take on Chivas USA at the StubHub Center on Sunday, March 16.
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