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Kenny Miller: Missed Opportunities

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Well folks, welcome to the start of umbrella season here in Vancouver! I'm a little grumpy this morning - maybe due to the rain, or perhaps it has more to do with the post-match comments from Kenny Miller following the Vancouver Whitecaps' draw with Chivas USA this past weekend.

Miller was visibly frustrated at times during the Chivas match, and came up short on a pair of high-quality scoring opportunities, and he's now in the midst of a bit of a slump, having scored only once in the last eight matches.

That frustration came to the fore again in the Scot's post-match comments. When asked for his take on his recent struggle to find net he responded:

"There's no reason behind it. If there was, you could say I'm not going to do that, not going to make that mistake again. I'm not going to stand here and have to justify why I miss a chance. That's just the way the game is."

Well, there may well be no "I" in "TEAM", but there certainly is one in "ACCOUNTABILITY" - two, in fact. I get that Miller's frustrated. Hell, we're all frustrated with the team's play of late - we've seen this film before, and know all about the dire consequences facing a team that's on the bubble, and not playing spectacularly as it gets down to the wire in the MLS playoff hunt. If we're talking about a 4th div beer-league mucker, I can get down with a flubbed sitter. But I think we can all agree to hold Miller to a much higher standard - one that comes with all the laurels, and the responsibility.

It seems to me that besides the on-field opportunities on Sunday, Miller missed an additional chance when he failed to man up in the interview. He could have owned the situation, taken at least some of the responsibility on his shoulders (if not on the chin), and shown some of the leadership that has earned him much of the respect, if not adoration, that he's recouped from the Whitecaps faithful this season.

Earlier this season, I waxed not so poetic in rather bromantic fashion about Miller. And I still believe that Miller's played an integral part in the Whitecaps' success this season. But I have to admit that there's now a tinge of tarnish where it all used to be shiny and golden.

Perhaps I'm guilty of failing to accept the man as he is - warts and all. If so, then I have nobody to blame but myself.