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Bulls Abroad: Roy Miller and Costa Rica fall in Spain

The Red Bulls defender went the 90 in the match against the Spaniards.

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Roy Miller played 90' against Spain in a friendly where Costa Rica fell 2-1. Miller started as a left back in a five man back line. The defender has been dealing with nagging injuries and the emergence of Kemar Lawrence, seeing a reduction in playing time for the Red Bulls.

Miller did fairly well against Spain. Costa Rican manager Paulo Cesar Wanchope reverted to the five man back line, which Costa Rica used in the World Cup to try and slow the Spanish attack, a system that Miller is very accustomed to. The formation helped Miller, as it prevented him from being 1v1 with the Spanish attackers. The Ticos took an early lead after Johan Venegas slotted home a goal in the 6th minute of play, but Spain stormed back quickly scoring an equalizer two minutes later.La Furia Roja ultimately took the lead in the 30th minute on a Cesc Fabregas volley.

In the second half a string of brilliant saves by Keylor Navas kept Costa Rica in the game,and Los Ticos had a couple of good chances themselves. In the 80th minute Wanchope went for the tie bringing on a striker in place of a defender,  sliding Roy Miller to his natural position at left back. The move may have been to late as The Ticos were not able to get the result they wanted.

The loss makes it three in a row for Costa Rica under Paulo Cesar Wanchope, who took control of the team in February. The squad will hope it can buck the trend against Mexico on June 27 before heading into the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Wanchope's men will be considered contenders in the tournament, and could end the string of American and Mexican dominance in the tournament.

Miller will hope todays performance not only furthers his chances of making the final roster for next's months Gold Cup, as he was included on the 35-man provisional roster.