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Scouting Report: RSL draft pick Boyd Okwuonu

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Boyd Okwuonu, North Carolina defender and Real Salt Lake's sole selection in the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, is a defender who has spent most of his time at center back in college but is rated well at right back.

Okwuonu, 21, played in the 2013 Under-20 CONCACAF Championship for the United States, playing every game except the final, which the U.S. lost. UNC narrowly missed the College Cup in 2014, falling to UCLA on penalties in a 3-3 thriller. Highlights are below, and Okwuonu is wearing the number 4 kit.

Look specifically at his marking, positioning, and organization. We'll include a couple more UNC highlights below this. Obviously, highlights of this sort are going to come primarily from the opposition (most college highlight videos seem to show only the home team's goals) and are going to center around goals. So by default, we'll be watching more negative play — so don't let that get to you. This is just a limitation of the very limited subset of highlights easily available.

We can even get a look at him at an international level — the videos below are from 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship matches against Canada and Costa Rica. The first has a screamer from Luis Gil, too. He wears number 2 in these, and he's only on in the second half of the second video.

So there's some stuff to be encouraged by in these videos, but we're lacking a real, comprehensive view of the player. That'll be hard to come by, but at least we know that he's been well-scouted and considered at an international level. You'll note he's playing in a full back spot here.