Maryland’s Eryk Williamson turns professional, but will he sign with D.C. United?
Eryk Williamson, a University of Maryland attacker from D.C. United’s youth academy and U.S. under-20 nationwide crew, will forego his senior season as a way to pursue a professional profession, a number of sources informed the Insider on Tuesday.
He has signed with an agent and will weigh alternatives with United or golf equipment abroad. United is planning to tender a homegrown contract provide within the coming weeks in an effort to maintain him within the group. Because of Williamson’s ties to the youth system, he is exempt from the MLS draft subsequent month.
Williamson is from Alexandria, Va., and graduated from T.C. Williams High School. This season, he led the Terrapins with six targets and 5 assists and earned third-team all-America honors. He additionally made the Big Ten first crew and was named the convention’s high midfielder.
However, he obtained combined evaluations in faculty, at instances displaying chic ability but additionally liable to disappearing from matches.
As a part of the U-20 nationwide crew this 12 months, he performed in all 12 matches and began 10, with one aim and two assists. At the U-20 World Cup in South Korea over the summer season, he began 4 of the 5 matches because the Americans superior to the quarterfinals. Williamson then joined Swedish membership Hammarby for exercises.
United at present has three homegrown gamers on the roster: defender Jalen Robinson (Catonsville, Md.), defender-midfielder Chris Durkin (Glen Allen, Va.) and midfielder Ian Harkes (Fairfax). Another homegrown, star goalkeeper Bill Hamid from Annandale, will be part of Danish membership Midtjylland subsequent month after eight season with United.
Williamson is the second outstanding native faculty participant this month to depart college early: Georgetown junior goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski signed a homegrown contract with the San Jose Earthquakes.