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Toros Re-Sign Goalkeepers Miller, Garcia for New Season

By Staff, 03/02/22, 10:59AM EST


Miller played key role in club’s postseason shootout victory against Phoenix Rising FC

Rio Grande Valley FC has re-signed goalkeeper Colin Miller for the 2022 USL Championship season after he made eight appearances for the club in the last campaign. | Photo courtesy Ivan Pierre Aguirre / El Paso Locomotive FC

EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley FC announced on Tuesday the club had re-signed goalkeepers Colin Miller and Javier Garcia ahead of the 2022 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval.

Miller spent two seasons at fellow USL Championship side Loudoun United FC prior to joining RGV FC prior to the 2021 season. In 2020, Miller made seven starts, recording one shutout and 28 saves overall. He denied two penalty kicks and kept a 65.1 save percentage on his way to claiming the Championship Fans’ Choice Save of the Month award for August that season.

Last year for the Toros, the Maryland native appeared in eight matches, logging 643 total minutes across the regular season and playoffs. Miller made his debut on August 4 as a substitute following a first-half injury to Tyler Deric and helped conclude a shutout performance in a 3-0 victory.

Miller then served as a key piece in the late season push for the Toros after Deric suffered a season-ending injury late in the campaign. Miller came through crucially in the 2021 USL Championship Playoffs as he made a pair of penalty kick saves in a shootout against Phoenix Rising FC in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, which allowed the Toros to advance 4-3 in a shootout after the sides had played to a 3-3 draw after regulation and extra time.

“We are happy to bring Colin back to our team,” said Toros Head Coach and Technical Director Wilmer Cabrera. “His talent and skills are very important for the team, and he was an important player last season to help us achieve our goal getting into the playoffs.”

Prior to his professional career, Miller spent four years at Providence College where he recorded 182 saves, boasting a goals-against average of 0.97 in 53 appearances. Miller recorded 22 clean sheets and had a 78.8 career save percentage for the Friars. Miller closed out his senior year with 54 saves and nine shutouts in 19 starts that earned him selection to the All-Big East Second Team.

Garcia is a local product hailing from nearby Mission, Texas. The young shot-stopper attended the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley but did not see minutes in the 2021 season, his final season with the group. Prior to competing for at UTRGV, Garcia played at the RGV Toros Academy ranks for three years dating back to 2017.

“Javier is also back from last year and he has grown up in confidence and experience,” said Cabrera. “He is a local talent from The Valley and he is putting more pressure and competition to his teammates.”

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