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MLS Draft 2015: D.C. United selects University of San Francisco forward Miguel Aguilar in the first round

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United went out west for the second year running, taking Miguel Aguilar of the San Francisco Dons.

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With the 17th pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Miguel Aguilar, a forward out of the University of San Francisco. Aguilar likely projects as a wide midfielder more than as a striker in MLS, and was played on the right wing at the MLS Combine. The Sacramento, CA doesn't have the build (5'9", 172 lbs) of your usual out-and-out striker in MLS, but he does have some speed and showed respectable dribbling ability during the Combine, so we should expect to see him trying to make United's roster as a winger rather than as a forward.

Aguilar's college stats also indicate that he's more of a winger than a #9. In a four-year career as a starter for the Dons, Aguilar scored 15 goals and provided 9 assists in 73 appearances (67 starts). College soccer expert and friend of the blog Travis Clark interviewed him for Top Drawer Soccer on Tuesday if you want to get more of an idea of how Aguilar sees himself as a player.

In the West Coast Conference, Aguilar won numerous awards. After three straight seasons on the All-WCC Second team, Aguilar finished his college career by breaking through to the All-WCC First Team in 2014. He also made the WCC's All-Academic team in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. He was also very highly rated by the TDS staff, who placed him 20th on their "Big Board."

UPDATE: United has clarified that Aguilar is of Mexican descent and will take up an international roster spot.