Afonso Pinheiro Selected 71st by D.C. United in MLS Draft
PHILADELPHIA - University at Albany alumnus Afonso Pinheiro was selected in the fourth round, 71st overall, by DC United in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft .
Pinheiro is the second Great Dane to be drafted by the MLS, following Steward Ceus (’09), who was drafted 37th overall by the Colorado Rapids in the 2009 SuperDraft.
D.C. United finished 11th in the Eastern Conference in 2017 following a 9-20-5 season. In their history, United has won four MLS titles, most recently in 2004, trailing only the five titles won the the L.A. Galaxy. Additionally, United has won four Supporters’ Shields, tied with the Galaxy, for the best regular season record. United will open a new 20,000 capacity stadium this season, Audi Field in Buzzard Point, Washington, D.C.
Pinheiro, who graduated UAlbany following the fall semester, ranks first in Division I program history with 91 points, 38 goals, and 81 appearances, and shares the lead with 15 assists. His senior year campaign saw him score seven goals and record four assists while earning America East All-Conference First Team honors, All-East Second Team honors, Scholar All-America Second Team honors, and Scholar All-East honors.
Pinheiro’s best season came as a junior, when he scored 13 goals with five assists for a total of 31 points, a mark that ranks as the most productive single-season in program history. Upon his graduation, Pinheiro was responsible for three of the top 10 individual scoring seasons in program history, including two of the top three.
Pinheiro scored the game-winning goal in the 2016 America East title game, a penalty kick in the 89th minute, to clinch UAlbany’s first-ever America East title and berth into the NCAA tournament. This season, he hit the game-clinching penalty kick in a shootout against UMBC in the America East quarterfinals, and later converted another PK against Maryland en route to the Danes’ 5-4 PK victory over the Terrapins in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Players report for preseason training on January 22.