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Get to know an MLS draft prospect: F Miguel Aguilar, San Francisco

Written by Travis Clark

aguilarHistorically, San Francisco is one of the most successful men’s soccer programs in the NCAA annals, winners of six national titles.

But the last one came in 1980, and the program hasn’t won the WCC since 2008. However, things could be changing, and players like Miguel Aguilar could be one of the reasons why things are trending up.

The Sacramento native recently wrapped up his college career last fall and was invited to the MLS Combine, hopeful of boosting his draft stock. Reports suggest he has managed to do that, as he scored in Sunday’s action and is looking like a dynamic option who will be available in Thursday’ MLS draft.

TDS recently caught up with Aguilar while he was down in Florida for the combine.

TDS: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Aguilar: I’d say I’m creative and dynamic more than anything. I’m a guy who likes to use my pace and dribbling ability to go at people and create stuff up top.

TDS: How did your college career at San Francisco go? How do you think it helped you improve as a player?
Aguilar: I loved my experience at San Francisco, it helped me mature a lot. I developed a lot as a player under coach [Erik] Visser and then coach Soto. I learned a lot from both of those guys. Although they were very different, I feel like they each helped me put the two pieces of my game together and grow up.

TDS: What drew you to play soccer there?
Aguilar: From the beginning, when I first spoke to coach Visser, he was really nice to me and he was willing to help me. I wanted to go to a school where I felt welcome and when I decided to go to San Francisco it was also because it was close to home, it’s a nice city, the program has a really good history, it just fit really well with what I was looking for and the kind of place I wanted to be.

TDS: What’s been your experience like at the combine?
Aguilar: It’s been an honor being here so far, playing with top players at the college level in the United States. It’s been a great experience for me to see where I’m at in comparison to everybody and show people who maybe don’t know me what I’m about and enjoy myself, playing good soccer.

TDS You played PDL with the Timbers last summer. What was that experience like?
Aguilar: I think it was a very good experience for me, it prepared me going into my senior season. Playing with them I competed alongside a lot of really good players, some names that are recognized and are here at the combine with me. It helped my game, as it was a step towards the professional level. Being in Portland, being in front of the atmosphere, playing in front of a lot of fans in the homegrown game, it helped my confidence and to stay sharp to get ready to take the next step.

TDS: What are your thoughts on the draft this Thursday?
Aguilar: I’m a little nervous but also excited. I’m anxious, I want to know what’s going to happen. I don’t feel pressure because coming in here, not a lot of people knew me so I don’t feel like I have to go early in the first round or anything like that, I’m just grateful for being here and I know that if things are meant to me, then they’ll go that way, and hopefully I find the right team, right place for me.

TDS: You had a good combine on Sunday, scoring a goal. What went well for you?
Aguilar: I just felt comfortable. I was out on the right wing, and playing out wide it just comes to me. It’s my favorite position other than forward. I felt good going into the game, I knew that I was able to create stuff knowing my team was down. I just went out and played the way I know how to play.

Aguilar is represented by First Wave Sports Marketing.

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