D.C. United this afternoon selected M/F Miguel Aguilar from the University of San Francisco (17th pick overall – 1st Round) and MF Dan Metzger from the University of Maryland (42nd pick overall – last pick in 2nd Round) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Aguilar, a 2014 All-West Coast Conference First Team player, scored 15 goals and added 9 assists in his four-year career at USF as a pacy and highly skilled striker. He is projected to play on the outside of midfield for United as head coach Ben Olsen compared his skill set to former United player Andy Najar and current midfielder Nick DeLeon.
Metzger, a four-year star in College Park for the Terrapins, is a sturdy defensive midfielder much in the mold of current United player Perry Kitchen and is looked upon as a steal as most mock drafts had Metzger rated as a mid-to-late first round selection. Metzger was a First Team All-Big Ten player in 2014 and was also a First Team All-ACC selection in 2013 before Maryland made the jump to the Big Ten Conference this past summer.
While there are still two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft to go United does not own any picks and it’s highly unlikely they would trade future options for any movement into the remainder of the draft.
United is set to report to RFK Stadium a week from today to begin preseason training. The team will spend the bulk of the next 7 weeks splitting time between Bradenton, Florida and Austin, Texas in preparation for the 2015 season which begins at home on March 7th against the Montreal Impact.
Before that however the squad will gear up for their CONCACAF Champions League knockout round series with Costa Rican champions Alejuelense that begins in Costa Rica on Thursday, February 26th. The return leg of the series will flip back to RFK Stadium on Wednesday, March 4th. The winner of the aggregate goals series will move on to the Semi-final round which will begin a few weeks later.