Miguel Aguilar Debuts as Scorer to Lead D.C. United to Win in CONCAChampions

Miguel Aguilar might only be in the United States legally thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a 2012 government initiative that only provides temporary protection from deportation, but he is sure making the most out of his uncertain situation.

Last night, the rookie MLS player scored the winning goal for D.C. United in their CONCACAF Champions League game against Panamanian team Árabe Unido.

Aguilar’s goal came after a magical back-heel pass from Michael Farfán in the 85th minute of the game. The goal is not only Aguilar’s first professional goal, but also puts D.C. United on top of the three-team group that includes Jamaican team Montego Bay United.

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Aguilar’s case is quite unique. After all, if his DACA is removed – something most 2016 Republican presidential candidates have stated they will do – Miguel Aguilar could face deportation in the future.

Let’s just hope Aguilar continues with the good plays, because the 700,000 people currently being protected under DACA policy desperately need a human face in mainstream media, since they constantly talk about them as mere numbers and statistics, and hardly ever show the people and stories really affected.

If you want to read more about Miguel Aguilar, you can read our feature on his journey to the MLS here.