D.C. United trades with Montreal Impact to select UCLA midfielder Victor Munoz

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

D.C. United traded an international roster spot to the Montreal Impact so that they could select creative UCLA midfielder Victor Munoz.

When the day started, D.C. United had only one draft pick; after the day was done, they had traded down one spot for allocation money and the right to pick the same player they were always going to pick, as well as trading an Italian international roster spot to the Montreal Impact for a second round draft choice. With that pick, D.C. United selected Victor Munoz, a left-footed midfielder out of UCLA. Munoz can play both on the left, centrally, or as a second striker, but he says that he is most comfortable on the left. He is also a creative player drafted onto a team that needs creativity, scoring only one goal in his senior season but adding eight assists.

In a statement, General Manager Dave Kasper said:

"We are excited to select a soccer player with Victor’s pedigree. He has played in Real Madrid’s youth academy and for the Spain U-15, U-16 and U-17 National Teams, and he is coming off a great career at UCLA."

Munoz is a product of the Real Madrid academy and has played in games for the Spanish youth national team, which is not the kind of prospect that you usually get in an MLS SuperDraft; I would assume that the primary reason that he slipped into the second round is the fact that he would take up an international roster spot. Munoz originally came to the United States to go to college after turning down a professional contract at age 18, starting at Iona before transferring to UCLA.

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