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RSL picks Omar Holness with 5th pick in 2016 MLS Draft

Real Salt Lake selected UNC midfielder Omar Holness with their highest draft pick since 2008.

Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports

With the fifth pick in the 2016 MLS Draft, Real Salt Lake selected Omar Holness, a Generation Adidas midfielder from North Carolina and a member of the Jamaican National Team.

Holness, 21, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, is a midfielder that some have said is well-suited to a two-way midfield role in RSL's three-man midfield.

Needing backup in the midfield with Luis Gil and Luis Silva departed from the club this offseason, Holness is a reasonable pick.

Generation Adidas players don't count against teams' salary caps — a mechanism MLS uses to incentivize teams giving talented young players additional development time and patience, as well as to bring young players who may have demanded higher contracts.

This comes after trades in the first four picks were traded and confusion sort of ruled the afternoon, with Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire ending up with the first four picks of the draft.

Bio: Omar Holness

School: University of North Carolina

Hometown: Kingston, Jamiaca

Birthdate: March 13, 1994 (21 years-old

Position: Midfield

Contract: Generation Adidas