Sean Okoli Signs With Seattle Sounders
Jan. 9, 2014
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
SEATTLE - Wake Forest junior forward Sean Okoli has elected to begin his professional career, signing a contract with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer.
Okoli, who played for the Sounders' youth academy and more recently their Under-23 team, signed as a Homegrown player, meaning that he will join the club without going through the MLS SuperDraft.
"Sean is a special player who has given a lot to our program over the past three years," said Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich. "We will miss him at Wake Forest but are looking forward to following his professional career."
"I've been waiting for this moment for a long time," Okoli said in a statement released by the Sounders. "I can't wait to play at CenturyLink in front of all of the fans. I am excited to help the team win games, score goals and really get my career started."
Okoli earned First Team All-ACC honors in 2013 after leading the Demon Deacons with nine goals and 21 points. In 61 career appearances for the Demon Deacons, he scored 24 goals and tallied 57 points.
A consistent performer throughout his career, Okoli was named to the All-ACC Second Team in 2012 and the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2011.
Okoli is the second Demon Deacon to sign a Homegrown contract this week, joining defender Jalen Robinson who inked a deal with D.C. United on Monday.