D.C. United announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had come to terms on a contract with their first round pick of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, midfielder Miguel Aguilar, from the University of San Francisco. Selected 17th overall, Aguilar joins the team after a successful college career with The Dons, which saw him score 15 goals in 72 games.
Although he featured as a forward in college, manager Ben Olsen has envisioned him as a wide midfielder, where he will compete for playing time with the likes of Nick DeLeon, Chris Pontius, and Chris Rolfe. Aguilar has featured heavily thus far for United in preseason, and if you've been following along with our Preseason Minutes and Position tracker, you'll know that Aguilar has played five games at right midfield, with one start, for a total of 194 minutes. He also had a quick three minute cameo at left midfield on Sunday against FC Dallas.
"We are pleased to have signed Miguel," said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a press release. "He's a player with very good attacking qualities, and he has a very strong desire to make an impact in Major League Soccer."
Aguilar also has some previous experience with a MLS side. In 2014, he featured for the Portland Timbers' U-23 side that competed in USL's Premier Development League. As such, Aguilar also appeared in the 2014 Chipotle Homegrown Game that was part of the All-Star festivities, a game that ended 0-0 between the U23 Timbers and the Homegrown side.
And just in case you forgot about it, here is the goal that Aguilar scored last Friday against the Austin Aztex during the ATX Pro Challenge (play starts at 12:50)
What are your thoughts about the Aguilar signing? Think he can make an impact for United this season? Or will he spend most of his time on the bench or down in Richmond with the Kickers?