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Atlanta United selects Derrick Williams in Re-Entry Draft

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Atlanta United today selected the rights to Derrick Williams with the No. 1 pick in Stage Two of the 2023 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Atlanta acquired the pick by trading $50,000 of 2024 General Allocation Money (GAM) and the No. 19 pick in the Re-Entry Draft to Toronto FC.

Williams, 30, has three years of experience in MLS between LA Galaxy and D.C. United. He also played 11 seasons professionally in England. The Irish International debuted in the Premier League in 2012 with Aston Villa before signing with Bristol City in League One the following year. He featured regularly for Bristol City before helping them earn promotion to the Championship during the 2014-15 season. He then joined Blackburn Rovers in the Championship in 2016, making 152 total appearances for the club in all. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Williams holds an American passport and will not occupy an International Roster spot.

Williams made more than 250 combined appearances in the England’s League One and the EFL Championship during his professional career before joining MLS in 2021. In two seasons with LA Galaxy, Williams made 44 starts in 47 appearances. He then joined D.C. United ahead of the 2023 season and made 21 starts with 24 appearances, including scoring his first MLS goal on June 24 against FC Cincinnati.

Internationally, Williams spent time in Ireland’s youth circuit before making his full senior debut in 2018 in a friendly against France. He made three total appearances between 2018-19 and scored a goal in a friendly against New Zealand on Nov. 14, 2019.

Player Profile

Name: Derrick Williams
Position: Defender 
Height: 5-11
Birthdate: Jan. 17, 1993 (30) 
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany  
Citizenship: Ireland, United States 
Transaction: Atlanta United selects Derrick Williams with the No. 1 pick in Stage Two of the 2023 MLS Re-Entry Draft on Dec. 21, 2023. Atlanta traded $50,000 of 2024 General Allocation Money (GAM) in exchange for the No. 1 pick.

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