Option declined following 2016 season.
PRONUNCIATION: oak – WAH – new
Just 5-foot-9, Okwuonu isn’t the biggest defender, but he is versatile, capable of lining up at outside back and in the middle, where he played in college at the University of North Carolina. He spent much of his rookie year in 2015 on loan to RSL’s USL club, Real Monarchs, and will likely see more time with the developmental squad in 2016.
INTERNATIONAL: Okwuonu has experience on several US youth levels, appearing for the country’s U-17, U-18, U-20 and U-23 national teams. He was busy on the international level in 2015, appearing nearly 10 times for the U-23s and earning a spot on the team’s roster for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championships.
COLLEGE: Spent four years at the University of North Carolina, appearing in 89 matches for the Tar Heels and getting named to the All-ACC first-team three years in a row.