D.C. United expects homegrown prospect Eryk Williamson to sign overseas
D.C. United expects homegrown prospect Eryk Williamson to sign overseas as an alternative of accepting its contract provide, sources shut to the workforce stated Monday.
United made a revised provide about two weeks in the past to the University of Maryland and U.S. under-20 nationwide workforce attacker however has not obtained a reply. One supply stated there’s been no current counteroffers or dialogue.
Last month, Williamson withdrew from Maryland with a 12 months of eligibility left so as to pursue a professional profession. Because he’s affiliated with United’s youth academy, he’s not eligible for the MLS draft subsequent week. He does, nonetheless, have the liberty to pursue a contract overseas. If he had been to sign elsewhere, United would retain his MLS rights in perpetuity.
Williamson advised the Insider: “I still am weighing the DCU offer. Just trying to find the best fit.”
His agent didn’t reply to a message in search of remark. United officers haven’t commented on the standing of their talks with Williamson, aside from to acknowledge final month that they deliberate to tender a proposal.
Last summer season, Williamson educated with a Swedish membership earlier than rejoining the Maryland program. Besides attainable alternatives in Scandinavia, Bundesliga aspect Schalke has taken curiosity in him as effectively, in accordance to a report in Metro.
Asked if Schalke was pursuing him, Williamson didn’t remark.
Schalke employs Weston McKennie, a 19-year-old midfielder from Texas who turned professional as an alternative of attending the University of Virginia. He now options repeatedly in Schalke’s lineup and, in November, scored in his U.S. senior nationwide workforce debut at Portugal. The membership has two different younger Americans in its system: midfielder Nick Taitague, 18, from Midlothian, Va., performs for the under-19 squad and ahead Haji Wright, 19, from Los Angeles, is on mortgage at second-division Sandhausen.
Williamson is from Alexandria, Va., and T.C. Williams High School. He loved an excellent freshman season at Maryland however, to many observers, didn’t increase his sport in subsequent years. Last fall, he scored a team-high six targets (three in opposition to Wisconsin) and added 5 assists in garnering third-team all-American honors for a Maryland workforce that went undefeated by means of 13 video games earlier than hitting a scoring rut and fading down the stretch.
Maryland teammate Gordon Wild additionally left faculty a 12 months early and signed with MLS. The German ahead might be obtainable within the Jan. 19 draft in Philadelphia.
On the worldwide degree, Williamson was an everyday with the U.S. U-20s and scored a world-class objective in opposition to El Salvador final 12 months within the U-20 World Cup qualifying event. He then began 4 of 5 matches throughout a quarterfinal run on the World Cup in South Korea.
United at present has three homegrown gamers on its first-team roster: midfielder Ian Harkes, defender Jalen Robinson and defender-midfielder Chris Durkin. Past D.C. homegrowns have included Bill Hamid (now at Danish membership Midtjylland) and defender-midfielder Andy Najar (Belgian membership Anderlecht).
This offseason, United has acquired 5 gamers: defender Frederic Brillant (New York City FC), ahead Darren Mattocks (Portland Timbers), midfielders Ulises Segura (Costa Rica) and Junior Moreno (Venezuela), and goalkeeper David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps). It additionally claimed the rights to attacker Gonzalo Veron (New York Red Bulls) in final month’s re-entry draft, however as of final week, wasn’t optimistic about signing him; he has gives overseas.