MLS Moves: U.S. U-20 Eryk Williamson lands at Portland

Midfielder Eryk Williamson, who started for the 2017 U.S. U-20 World Cup team and played three seasons at Maryland, is headed to the Portland Timbers after D.C. United relinquished his Homegrown rights.

The Timbers gave United $100,000 in General Allocation Money in 2018, $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money in 2019, a 2018 international spot and a natural second-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

“We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of midfielder Eryk Williamson,” said Timbers GM Gavin Wilkinson. “Eryk is a talented young American player that we believe possesses the skill set and tools to one day become an impact player in MLS. This addition gives our club an exciting prospect for the future. We look forward to Eryk joining our group in preseason and getting to work with his new teammates and coaching staff.”

Williamson, 20, had 14 goals and 13 assists during that three-year span at Maryland. He was named 2017 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and was also named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America third team. For the USA, he started four of five games at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. He was one of three players then in college to play for the USA along with Jonathan Klinsmann (now at Hertha Berlin) and Aaron Herrera (recently signed by Real Salt Lake).

2018 MLS Homegrown Collegians:
PLAYER (TEAM, COLLEGE)
Grant Lillard (Chicago, Indiana)
Brandon Servania (FC Dallas, Wake Forest)
Kris Reaves (FC Dallas, Portland)
Jordan Cano (FC Dallas, SMU)
Jason Beaulieu (Montreal, New Mexico)
Kevin Politz (NY Red Bulls, Wake Forest)
*Cam Lindley (Orlando City, North Carolina)
Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia, Wake Forest)
Foster Langsdorf (Portland, Stanford)
*Eryk Williamson (Portland, Maryland)
Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake, New Mexico)
Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake, Stanford)
JT Marcinkowski (San Jose, Georgetown)
Handwalla Bwana (Seattle, Washington)
Matt Lewis (Sporting KC, Fordham)
Zach Wright (Sporting KC, North Carolina)
*Homegrown rights were traded.
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