Portland Timbers, midfielder Eryk Williamson agree to contract extension


The Portland Timbers and midfielder Eryk Williamson have agreed to a contract extension, the membership introduced Thursday. 

Williamson, 23, was among the many league’s breakout stars in 2020. He beforehand played just 234 minutes over two seasons in Portland earlier than changing into a continuing starter within the midfield, with three goals and 5 assists in 21 appearances. 

“Signing Eryk has been a key goal of the membership’s for the past 12 months and we’re delighted that Eryk’s perception within the membership mirrors our perception in him,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers basic manager and president of soccer, in a tram launch. “Eryk is a singular talent and we’re wanting forward to seeing his continued development and performance as a Timbers player.”

Williamson, who spent time within the D.C. United academy earlier than being acquired by the Timbers in 2018, excelled in a box-to-box position subsequent to defensive-minded Diego Chara on the base of Portland’s midfield last season. The US youth international is age-eligible for the Olympics, ought to the United States qualify and the video games go on regardless of the worldwide pandemic. 

“Eryk is an especially proficient and inventive player with many great attributes on and off the field,” said Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese. “I very a lot consider within the improvement of American players and am extremely excited to see him continue his career in Portland.”

The midfielder was linked with a move overseas this winter, as golf equipment took notice of his breakout marketing campaign. 


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