Portland Timbers’ Eryk Williamson units sights on changing into USMNT regular after inking contract extension

The rise of Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson was one of many best tales of last season in MLS, and the 23-year-old is within the Rose City for the foreseeable future with Thursday’s information the Timbers have signed him to a multi-year contract extension.

For Williamson, incomes that extension was step one coming off his breakout marketing campaign that noticed him set up himself as a two-way linchpin in Portland’s midfield, beginning 17 of his 21 appearances and tallying three goals and 5 assists throughout 1,417 minutes.

Talking with reporters on a video name following Thursday’s introduced extension, Williamson said his sights are actually set on his subsequent ambitions, one in all which is making a case for call-ups to the US males’s national team, one thing Williamson said he is mentioned with Timbers head coach Gio Savarese as they’ve mapped out the following step in his growth.

“I do know [Savarese] needs to push me to the following step, whether or not it is enjoying the identical or related position with the national team,” Williamson said. “I feel that is a goal we have now is being a regular with the national team. I do know there’s fairly a little bit of highway there, and I feel he needs to push me and make positive I am a player on the national team.

“However on the similar time, for the Timbers, having the ability to bring trophies back to Portland. I do know that we had an excellent year and we did well at MLS is Back, however on the end of the day all of us need championships right here and having the ability to have these performances all through the year that can in the end get us the MLS Cup on the end of the year.”

Williamson does not have a senior USMNT cap but, however has been on the radar of the US U-23s as they get set for Olympic qualifying, which is at the moment set to renew in March. Together with Portland teammate Jeremy Ebobisse, Williamson was referred to as into the U-23s January camp in Bradenton, Florida, the place they skilled with the senior team.

“I feel it is just being snug in that system,” Williamson said of his time with the U-23s. “Being in Portland you have got just a little extra time to be snug, get within the rhythm of enjoying. However I feel for me and the employees there, it is getting snug in order that I might be ready for qualifying, doubtlessly in March. That is a quick turn-around as well, so a number of it’s ensuring we’re sharp and match for qualifying.

“That is just the principle factor, just placing myself able to get chosen, or whether or not I get chosen or not, just figuring out that I put within the work that I can management. Finally if we end up qualifying that is one thing that we’re really pushing for. I feel the most important dialogue goes all the way down to Mexico and ensuring we qualify for the Olympics and ensuring we’re within the best place that we have now no worries of what is coming after and we just deal with the job down there.”

Ought to Williamson construct on his 2020 breakout, speak of a move abroad will inevitably observe, particularly if he works his method into the international image. Europe is one thing that Williamson said crossed his thoughts as he thought of his future, however in the end determined that staying in Portland was the perfect place to continue his growth.

“You see all of the competition throughout the national team and guys enjoying in Europe, so clearly it was just a little little bit of a thought,” he said. “However on the end of the day it comes all the way down to the conversations I used to be having with [general manager] Gavin [Wilkinson] and with Gio, I really feel like I am in a really great place right here, I really feel like I can really develop as a player right here, on and off the field. So I feel that was the most important factor. Nobody is aware of what the future holds however doubtlessly if we continue our success right here in Portland, I am optimistic of something taking place or coming up in Europe. On the end of the day, it is at all times an end goal, however I do know that I am greater than happy and snug right here.”

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