Real Salt Lake announced the signing of Emeka Eneli, making the Cornell graduate the third first-round draft pick to sign for the club in 2023.
Eneli, 24, is listed as a defender and midfielder. He's been training with Real Monarchs following the end of Real Salt Lake's preseason, rendering this one a little bit of a surprise.
During his collegiate career, Eneli was listed as a forward. He scored seven goals and made seven assists during the 2021 season, then four and seven, respectively, during the 2022 season.
Eneli is the third first-round draft pick to sign for the club in 2023, having been preceded by Ilijah Paul and Bertin Jacquesson.