26-year-old midfielder Miguel Aguilar has signed a new contract with LA Galaxy II, the club announced today.
Aguilar, formerly of D.C. United, signed with Los Dos ahead of the 2017 campaign. Aguilar was sidelined for much of the year, tearing his ACL in the first half of the team’s season opener on March 25.
After six months of recovery, Aguilar was able to return for the team’s final game of the season, going seven minutes in their season finale.
“It’s unfortunate Miguel was sidelined last season, we were confident he was going to be a big asset for our squad,” said LA Galaxy II Head Coach Mike Muñoz. “But he worked hard in his recovery and we remain confident that he’ll be a big part of our team in 2018.”
The rights to sign Miguel Aguilar were originally acquired by LA Galaxy from D.C. United ahead of the 2017 season in exchange for the club’s 2018 4th Round MLS SuperDraft pick. Aguilar, 23, made 23 appearances for D.C. United after being drafted in the first round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
The Mexico-born midfielder was taken by D.C. United with the 17th overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft before making his professional debut later that year. In his rookie season with United, Aguilar made 17 appearances with four starts during the MLS Regular Season in addition to starting in all four 2015-16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League group matches. He made six MLS appearances for D.C. in 2016 before being loaned to their USL affiliate Richmond Kickers, where went on to make 14 starts.
Prior to going pro, Aguilar played at the University of San Francisco alongside current LA Galaxy defender Dave Romney from 2011-2014. During his time with the Dons, Aguilar tallied 15 goals and nine assists while earning honors on the All-West Coast Conference First Team (2014), West Coast Conference All-Academic Team (2014, 2013, 2012), All-West Coast Conference Second Team (2013, 2012, 2011) and 2011 West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team.