A month after rumors first broke and late in the transfer window, D.C. United has indeed signed Bolivian attacker Bruno Miranda from Universidad de Chile. A 19 year old with 3 caps for the senior Bolivian national team, Miranda joins the Black-and-Red on loan through the end of the 2018 season in a deal that includes a clause to buy out his rights and make the move permanent.
Miranda is a product of Tahuichi Way, the famous youth development program that can list United legends Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno as alums. Since then, he has recently broken into the first-team rotation at La U. With a loan running through the end of next season, Miranda will have plenty of time to get acclimated and prove himself in the District.
Miranda is widely listed as a forward, but as our own Ryan Keefer noted in scouting him with the Bolivia under-20s, he has plenty of experience playing on both wings. With Deshorn Brown and Patrick Mullins available up front, it seems reasonable to expect Miranda to jump into the rotation on either wing, where United has gotten satisfactory play from Patrick Nyarko, less than satisfactory (but not outright poor) play from Lloyd Sam, and it gets worse from there.
Miranda will not be in uniform for tomorrow’s game against Toronto FC, as the club must await his International Tranfer Certificate and his US visa. By signing him, United has filled the last of their four international player spots.