In today’s MLS Super Draft, D.C. United selected forward Miguel Aguilar from the University of San Francisco with the 17th pick. He becomes the first player from USF since 2008 to be taken in the first round of the MLS Super Draft. Aguilar was an All West Coast Conference First Teamer this season for the Dons who impressed during last week’s MLS combine in Florida. He had a goal and an assist, which seemed to be enough to impress Coach Ben Olsen and company.
Aguilar played in 18 games during his All-WCC season, scored four goals and three assists, good for 11points, third best point total on the team. He finished his collegiate career with 72 games, 15 goals and 9 assists. He was also All-WCC Second team three years in a row, 2011-2013, WCC All-Academic Team 2012-2014 and 2011 WCC All-Freshman Team as well. He has some experience with MLS academies as he spent summers with the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers academies as well.
In an interview with dcunited.com, the newest face of the team describes himself as, “a creative player with pace. I like to get out wide and create some width for the team, go at people, run at people and cut inside and [get] a shot off or go outside and get a cross off. I would say I am a dynamic, creative type of player.” The team already has Fabian Espindola, Eddie Johnson, the newly acquired Jairo Arrieta, Chris Pontius, and the attacking midfielder/striker Luis Silva. That fire power up front will probably push Aguilar to a wide midfield role, where it sounds like he feels comfortable playing. The rookie will have time to find his position when D.C. opens up training camp on January 25th in Bradenton, Florida.
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