The Columbus Crew announced today a trade between Columbus Crew SC and expansion side New York City FC during the MLS half day trade window that runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday. NYCFC will receive defender Josh Williams in exchange for allocation money.
Williams, from Copley, Ohio, was signed in 2010 but did not make his first appearance for the Black and Gold until 2011. The defender began to establish himself in 2012, making 30 appearances and 27 starts along the Columbus back line and continued his regular contributions in 2013. Williams locked down the starting right back position to begin 2014 under new head coach Gregg Berhalter. He made 14 appearances and 13 starts, but had his season cut short due to a blood clot issue. Williams returned in Crew SC's final playoff game, coming off the bench for the Black and Gold.
Williams finishes his time with Columbus with 71 games played and 65 starts. He scored four goals and added four assists throughout his five years with the club.
This move was likely done in order to get more for Williams, as opposed to lose him in the Expansion Draft for less. The Black and Gold will be allowed to protect 11 players, but Williams, especially given his issues this past season, was likely on the fringes of the list.
In Williams, NYCFC gets a versatile defender who brings MLS experience to a new team.
This may not be the last of the moves for Columbus during this trade window. Stay tuned to Massive Report for you latest updates.