DeLeon, a Phoenix, Arizona native, was United’s lone pick in the two-round draft held at the Kansas City Convention Center. United had traded away it’s 2nd-round pick to Columbus in the trade to acquire Jed Zayner late in the 2010 MLS season. United still has their natural picks left in next weeks Supplemental Draft, essentially the former 3rd, 4th and 5th rounds of the SuperDraft.
DeLeon is a central midfielder by trade but has played on the left side of midfield extensively in his two seasons at the University of Louisville. DeLeon scored 14 goals and added 6 assists in starting all 46 of his career matches with the Cardinals after spending his first two seasons of college soccer playing at UNLV before transferring to the Bluegrass State. “We didn’t think we would be able to get Nick with the seventh pick in today’s Draft,” said United Head Coach Ben Olsen . “We’re extremely excited about Nick – he’s pro-ready, and we saw throughout his season this year that he’s one of the guys that is ready to play professional soccer. Physically, he has all the tools and we’re going to challenge him with a tough preseason coming up. I think this kid is going to be a gamer, and I know he’s excited to join the guys and get moving.”
DeLeon will join the rest of United’s squad in DC beginning this week to start preparing for the 2012 season that begins on March 10th at home against Sporting Kansas City