Player name: Skyler Milne
Last club: Utah Valley University
One thing you need to know
In his final season at UVU, Milne led the Wolverines to the 2016 WAC Championship and was named first team All-WAC and Tournament MVP. Greg Maas, head coach of the Wolverines remarked, “Skyler's impact on our program has been remarkable, he's worked incredibly hard to earn this opportunity, and I am confident he will have an even greater impact at the professional level."
What he brings to the team
Skyler has the physical tools to be an excellent hold up forward in professional soccer. The tallest Monarch at 6’4” and weighing 211 lbs, Milne was quite successful as a pivot point in the offensive half for UVU and has grown to be very good at using his height and size in aerial duels and when redirecting aerial crosses into the box.
Although a consistent scorer, Milne has also shown himself adept at providing chances and alert to runs for his surrounding midfielders and wingers. This additional ability and willingness to provide assists made him a popular with teammates and relieved direct pressure on him at the point of the attack.
Why you should be excited
Skyler brings a different look than the other forwards on the Monarchs roster and should be very effective as both a starter in wearing down opposing defenders and a second half substitute with fresh legs and ability to handle crosses in the box. His skills should translate well to the USL and improve throughout the season as he becomes familiar with the speed at this level and his new teammates on the Monarchs.
A large physical player, Milne has had familiarity with discipline and cards which will also be a point of adjustment for him in USL, but also assures that he will not be intimidated or pushed around by larger defenders at the professional level. His work ethic and desire to succeed should also lead him to provide consistent competition to Chandler Hoffman and Jonel Desiré for starts at the forward position during 2017.
Predictions for 2017
- Skyler will see a number of yellow cards early in the season and serve a points accumulation suspension in 2017.
- At least initially, the bulk of Milne’s minutes will come as a substitute focused on receiving crosses in the box in true 2012-2014 San Jose Goonies style.
- Skyler will score five goals during his initial season in the USL.