NYCFC Sign USL Golden Boot Winner Okoli

Sean Okoli
Sean Okoli has joined New York City FC Photo: NYCFC
Sean Okoli
Sean Okoli has joined New York City FC Photo: NYCFC

New York City FC has given its potent offense a further boost with the signing of Sean Okoli from FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League.

The Federal Way, Washington-native comes to New York and Major League Soccer after a 2016 season in which he was named USL MVP, made the All-League Team and won the league’s Golden Boot after scoring 16 goals in 29 games.

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“The beautiful game can take you to some great places and I feel so blessed to be here. I know the team plays attacking football and I love that, so I’m looking forward to being a part of it,” Okoli told NYCFC.com. “It means a lot to play under Patrick Vieira – he’s been everywhere I want to be as a player and I know he has a lot of offer, so I’m excited to get working with as I just want to continue to grow.”

Okoli started his soccer journey in the Seattle Sounders’ youth system and went on to play his college ball at Wake Forest University between 2011 and 2013. He made his professional debut for Seattle on March 8, 2014, while on a Homegrown Player contract. A year later, New England Revolution took Okoli in the MLS SuperDraft and he would later joined FC Cincinnati in February of this year.

“I’m really happy to welcome Sean to this club as he is a talented striker who we believe has an exciting future in the game,” Vieira told NYCFC.com. “Having had the opportunity to speak to him, he also is the kind of person we want at this club and I’m sure he is going to work hard to build on the excellent 2016 he enjoyed at Cincinnati.