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BREAKING: Crew trade for Romario Williams

The Black & Gold add a new attacking piece.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Columbus Crew SC Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

As reported last week by Massive Report, Columbus Crew SC officially completed a trade with Atlanta United for forward Romario Williams. The Black & Gold will send $100,000 in General Allocation Money to Atlanta for the forward. Williams will be eligible to play once the transfer window opens on July 9.

“We want to welcome Romario to Columbus Crew SC as he is a young forward who has already competed at an international level for Jamaica,” said Crew president Tim Bezbatchenko. “In addition to his international experience, Romario is a player who is familiar with MLS and will provide us with depth in our attack.”

Williams was originally drafted by the Montreal Impact with the third pick in the 2015 SuperDraft after a college career with the University of Central Florida. He appeared in two league games during his two years with the Impact, spending most of his time with the FC Montreal and Charleston Battery of the USL.

The Jamaican forward was traded to Atlanta after the 2016 season. He made 19 first team appearances, all as a substitute over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, scoring one goal. He also made 34 additional USL appearances with the Battery and Atlanta United 2, scoring 22 goals.

The move will add forward depth to a team that has no goals from backup forwards Patrick Mullins and rookie JJ Williams who have combined for 342 minutes this season. Starter Gyasi Zardes scored six goals in his 15 starts in 2019 but is currently on international duty with the United States Men’s National Team.

The trade is the first acquisition of the summer transfer window, but unlikely to be the last. Bezbatchenko previously told Massive Report “It’s going to be a fun window,” and that the team will be busy trying to turn the season around.