MLS Notes: Philadelphia Union add Sheanon Williams, Wizards ink homegrown player and more

MLS Notes: Philadelphia Union add Sheanon Williams, Wizards ink homegrown player and more

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MLS Notes: Philadelphia Union add Sheanon Williams, Wizards ink homegrown player and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The youth movement in Philadelphia continued Tuesday, with the club announcing the acquisition of 20-year-old defender/midfielder Sheanon Williams.

A U.S. representative at two Youth World Cups — the U-17 in 2007 and U-20 in 2009 — Williams joins after a stint with USL-2 side Harrisburg City Islanders. Philadelphia Assistant Coach John Hackworth coached Williams at the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt. He also played a season of college soccer at UNC.

The acquisition of Williams brings Philadelphia to the roster limit.

Here are a few other MLS stories:

WIZARDS SIGN YOUTH PLAYER

The Kansas City Wizards became the latest MLS team to sign a member of their Academy to a professional contract on Tuesday, signing goalie Jon Kempin. The 17-year-old was a member of the Wizards Juniors, and also spent two sessions at the U.S. Soccer U-17 residency program back in 2008 and 2009. As part of the Homegrown roster rule, Kempin won’t be eligible to play this season and won’t be counted as part of the 24-man roster.

NOTES

Three MLS players were called up by the Gambian national team — Sanna Nyassi of Seattle will join his brother Sainey and Kenny Mensally of the Revolution for a African Cup of Nations qualifier back in Africa.

Joel Lindpere turned down a call up to play for Estonia this week in a pair of World Cup qualifiers.

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What do you think of the signing? Can Williams have an impact this season? Glad to see another youth player sign on? Excited to see more MLS players get national team call ups?

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