D.C. United selected Louisville midfielder Nick DeLeon with the 7th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft Thursday afternoon.
DeLeon, a senior at Louisville who transferred from UNLV, started 22 games for the Cardinals in 2011 and scored six goals and recorded six assists. Louisville went 14-7-2 in 2011 and reached the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to UCLA 1-0 in double overtime. DeLeon officially signed with MLS and became eligible for the SuperDraft on Dec. 29.
“I’m excited,” DeLeon said in a video interview with MLS’ official site. “It’s a good opportunity. [D.C. United] play the right kind of football, the coach [Ben Olsen] preaches the right kind of football and I’m just excited to be a part of it.
“I like to attack, I like to score, and most of all, I like to set up other players.”
DeLeon’s addition is expected to bolster a United midfield that has undergone much turnover this offseason, as Santino Quaranta and Clyde Simms both saw the club decline their options. Simms was selected by New England in last month’s MLS Re-Entry Draft, while Quaranta chose to retire from soccer.