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The Philadelphia Union have taken another step in their commitment to locking up their young nucleus for years to come.
Defender Sheanon Williams was rewarded with a new contract on Wednesday, extending his time in Philadelphia as he enters his second full season with the club. Length and details of the deal were not disclosed.
A member of the U.S. Under-23 player pool up until the current training camp, the 21-year-old Williams was a steady presence at right back all of last season for the Union, emerging as one of the league's top performers at the position. He joined the Union in Sept., 2010, after a stint with the Harrisburg City Islanders that followed an unfulfilled quest to catch on in Europe. Williams, a longtime U.S. youth international, started all 32 games in which he played last season.
"Sheanon has become an important member of our club, and we're very pleased to reward him with a new contract that better reflects his value," Philadelphia manager Peter Nowak said in a club release. "Keeping Sheanon in Philadelphia is an important investment in our defense, both for the present and future."
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