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Revolution Nab Sounders Youngster in Draft-Day Trade

The Revolution have reportedly gained the rights to forward Sean Okoli as part of the trade that sent the SuperDraft's 33rd overall pick to Seattle.

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The New England Revolution have acquired the rights to forward Sean Okoli, according to News Tribune beat writer Don Ruiz. The transaction is part of the trade that sent the MLS SuperDraft’s 33rd overall pick to the Seattle Sounders.

Okoli spent three years at Wake Forest University, collecting 24 goals and nine assists in 61 appearances. The Federal Way native also has international experience, having been part of the US U-18 and U-20 player pools.

On Jan. 9, 2014, Okoli signed a Homegrown contract with the Sounders. In his first season as a professional, Okoli played 19 MLS minutes over three games. His option was declined at the end of the season.

Should he sign, Okoli could occupy any of the Revolution’s three forward positions. The 6’1 attacker has the size to play as a hold-up forward but also the pace to get behind defenders. He was originally projected as a first-round draft pick before signing with his hometown team.

For more information on Okoli, check out this player profile penned by Dave Clark at Sounder at Heart.

This is the second Seattle player that the Revs have gained the rights to this off-season as they selected forward Tristan Bowen in the Re-Entry Draft.