SEATTLE — After DeAndre Yedlin’s Rookie of the Year-candidate season in 2013, Seattle Sounders FC are set to sign their second Homegrown player. Wake Forest junior forward Sean Okoli has been offered a three-year contract for $50,000 a season, a source told SoccerWire.com on Sunday.
Based on Major League Soccer Players Union numbers, that would be the same amount Yedlin made in 2013. The source also said University of Washington junior forward Darwin Jones was offered the same contract in the past two weeks, but he turned it down to continue playing collegiately.
Okoli played three seasons at Wake Forest, scoring 24 goals and adding nine assists in 61 appearances. Eight of his goals were game winners.
Jones played his freshman season at Highline Community College (Des Moines, Wash.), scoring 15 goals and 10 assists. He sat out the 2012 season due to trouble transferring to Washington, during which he trained with the Sounders. In 2013, Jones made the All-Pac-12 First Team after a seven-goal, four-assist season.
Sounders officials did not respond to telephone or text message inquiries on Sunday, but Okoli posted a tweet that read “two more days and it’s pen to paper??” at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday.