MIAMI, Fla. (January 2, 2019) –
The Miami FC, newcomers to the USL Championship, used the New Year Holiday to announce their first signing of the year, Jamaican international forward Romario Williams. He has been signed for the 2020 season which begins in March.
Romario, who is named after the legendary Brazilian player, has thrived in USL, though this is the first time he has signed directly with a USL Championship side. His other appearances in the league had been on-loan. Overall, Williams, 25 has played for the Montreal Impact, FC Montreal, Atlanta United, Charleston Battery and Columbus Crew SC.
“After meeting Romario and his family, we are convinced that his is not only an outstanding player, but an outstanding person who will be an asset on and off the field,” Miami FC president Paul Dalglish said in a statement. “He is a ruthless goal scorer and he shares our motivation to challenge from day one in the USL Championship.”
Williams first went to MLS as the third overall selection by the Montreal Impact in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He was placed on Montreal’s second team, FC Montreal, where he played seven games in the league. He spent most of the 2016 season on-loan with the USL Championship’s Charleston Battery, where he scored 10 goals in 30 games.
In 2017, he was traded to MLS expansion side Atlanta United, where he spent most of the season on-loan again with the Battery. Williams had a great season in the USL, scoring 15 goals and three assists in 24 games, finishing fourth in the Golden Boot race.
Williams played in MLS in 2018, appearing in 19 matches for Atlanta United, scoring two goals and adding two assists. (The Five Stripes would go on to win MLS Cup that season.) Williams also appeared in seven games with the club’s USL affiliate, ATL UTD 2, scoring four times.
In 2019, Williams was traded mid-season from Atlanta to the Columbus Crew. Across all competitions for three clubs, he netted five goals in 16 appearances.
“I am elated to be joining The Miami FC,” Williams said in a statement. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible organization and excited for the upcoming season.”
Williams also has 14 caps for the Jamaican senior national team and has scored twice for the Reggae Boyz. He has also represented Jamaica at the U17 and U23 levels. More information on Romario Williams is available on Transfermarkt.com.
“This signing demonstrates our ambition to bring the best talent to the USL and give our fans great entertainment in the heart of Miami,” added Dalglish.
Romario brings experience and a eye for the goal to the Miami FC attack and should be one of the key players in the coming season.
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