AX Soccer Tours is excited to announce that Logan Miller has signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the United Soccer League.
Miller is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, where he earned First Team Honors in the Mountain Valley Conference. More recently, the midfielder played for the Kitsap Pumas of the Player Development League, in which his team finished on top of the table with an undefeated record.
So how does a kid from Tomball, Texas, end up with a professional contract in the 2nd tier of American soccer by the time he’s 23? It certainly wasn’t luck.
“If you believe you have the talent to play professionally then you have to do the work to get exposure,” Miller said. “I see a lot of guys sit around and wait to get signed. Sometimes that’s not enough.”
Looking for exposure, Miller attended an AX Soccer Combine in Ft. Lauderdale this December, and made quite an impression.
“The combine as a whole was run very well, and the coaching was excellent. The biggest thing that impressed me was the coaches’ enthusiasm to instruct so many players who they had never even met before. It was obvious that they were excited to be there which made it an even better experience for the players,” Miller said.
When asked what motivated him to choose the AX Combine over other options, he answered with a response that may surprise those unfamiliar with the American soccer landscape, but a reason AX staff never gets tired of hearing: his coach.
“I actually heard about the event from Coach Mark Briggs (of the Wilmington Hammerheads),” he said. “He wanted to see me play in person and said the AX combine would be a good place to do that. The motivation for me was having a USL coach who wanted to see me play.”
AX Combines have received universal praise for their professional nature and the players who emerge from them.
Briggs said that the AX Combine in Ft. Lauderdale swayed him to sign the young, emerging midfielder.
“Logan impressed me at a combine in Fort Lauderdale with his desire and determination,” he said in a press release following Miller’s signing. “He showed a hunger that I want in every Hammerheads player. He will be a valuable asset to the club this year and will push hard for a starting position.”
Briggs and the Hammerheads are looking to rebound from a disappointing season which saw them finish at the bottom of the table.
Miller has already made an immediate impact with his new squad, as he scored a goal in their season-opening win against Orlando City B and played 82 minutes. Although it may be early in the season, the newly-acquired AX alumni is looking like a fixture in Wilmington’s starting 11.