D.C. United has officially decided to go forward with trading Eryk Williamson’s Homegrown Player rights to the Portland Timbers.
In exchange for the Williamson, United will receive $100,000 in 2018 General Allocation Money, $100,000 in 2019 Targeted Allocation Money, a second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft and a 2018 International roster slot. If he decides to transfer out of MLS, the team will also get 50 percent of any future transfer fee as well as a 2020 second-round SuperDraft pick.
“Eryk is a dynamic young midfielder that has shown his abilities at the youth levels in this country, and his talents were on display this summer with the United States at the U-20 FIFA World Cup,” Timbers Coach Giovanni Savarese said in a written statement. “We believe Eryk is capable of further growth and development, and has the potential to become a quality player at the next level. He is a forward-thinking player and approaches the game with an aggressive mind-set, which are traits that we believe will fit well within our group moving forward.”
Williamson and United were having a hard time on coming to an agreement that would suit both parties. This move was the best compromise. Williamson’s performance didn’t live up to D.C.’s expectations these past two seasons. Regardless of turning pro in December, Williamson would’ve been hard pressed for playing time had he stayed. Teaming up with Portland will offer him more opportunity to use his potential.
The Portland Timbers will begin their 2018 MLS season against the LA Galaxy on Sunday, March 4th at the StubHub Center at 7 p.m. PT.
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