Bryan Arguez, D.C. United’s first-round draft pick in 2007 and a member of two U.S. squads at the Under-20 World Cup, remains jailed in Georgia after being charged with rape about three weeks ago.
Arguez, 24, is being held at DeKalb County Jail and awaiting a bond hearing next week.
Arguez was arrested Aug. 11 in the Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven, a police spokesman said. The night before, Arguez had played 89 minutes for the second-division Carolina RailHawks during a 1-1 draw with the Atlanta Silverbacks in a North American Soccer League match.
According to police, Arguez was socializing with friends and accompanied the group to a private residence. Arguez and his accuser, who was not identified by police, did not know one another but had a mutual friend in the group. The woman told investigators she woke up to find Arguez engaging her in sexual activity. She screamed and fled the room, they reported.
No other details were made available.
“Bryan maintains his innocence and we look forward to the truth coming out during the legal proceedings,” said Arguez’s attorney, Christa Kirk.
Arguez, a 6-foot-2 central midfielder from Miami, had been acquired by the Railhawks in a trade with Minnesota United less than three weeks before his arrest. Carolina subsequently released him, citing a “personal matter” but declining to go into detail.
Carolina was his ninth team in six years. The day before Arguez’s 18th birthday, United selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2007 draft. But after he failed to earn playing time with the first team, the club sold him to Bundesliga’s Hertha Berlin for $350,000.
Arguez made his one and only first-team appearance for Hertha shortly after arriving in Germany. Most of his 2 1/2 seasons were with the reserve squad and, according to multiple sources, unspecified off-field problems sidetracked his career.
Since 2010, Arguez has spent the majority of his time in second-tier leagues with Miami FC, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, FC Edmonton and Minnesota United. He was also with Estoril in Portugal and MLS’s Montreal Impact, but did not play in a league match for either club.
In the national team program, he served with the under-17s before earning a roster spot at two U-20 World Cups. He did not play in any games at the 2007 tournament in Canada, but two years later in Egypt, started twice, entered another at halftime, and scored the opening goal in the Americans’ only victory (4-1 over Cameroon). That U.S. squad included current senior national team members Brek Shea, Mikkel Diskerud and Sean Johnson, as well as several active MLS players.
Arguez’s goal at the 2009 U-20 World Cup: