COLUMBUS, Ohio — Needing attacking depth with striker Gyasi Zardes away on international duty, the Columbus Crew traded $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) to Atlanta United for Romario Williams.
Williams is a Jamaica international but has a green card and will count as a domestic player for Major League Soccer roster purposes. Though he only has one goal with Atlanta in MLS action, he has scored 22 goals in 34 USL games with Atlanta United 2 the past two seasons.
“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,” Crew president Tim Bezbatchenko said. “In addition to his international experience, Romario is a player who is familiar with MLS and will provide us with depth in our attack.”
In a deal earlier this season, the Crew sent midfielder Justin Meram to Atlanta for $100,000 in GAM and a second-round MLS SuperDraft pick. Now that the money is going the other way, the transactions between the two teams level out to Meram for Williams and a second round pick. Williams will not be eligible for Columbus until July 9 when the MLS secondary transfer window officially opens.