Atlanta United gets Jamaican striker's green card
Atlanta United forward Romario Williams will no longer occupy an international player roster spot as the process of acquiring a green card is complete, the club announced on Monday.
According to MLS rules acquiring a green card changes the status of players from being non-US or international. Each MLS club is given eight slots at the start of the season. The slots can be used as bargaining chips in trades and as such clubs often work to help change the status of players where possible. The Jamaica will join Argentinean Hector Villalba, as players receiving a green card so far this season.
Last season, the 23-year-old Williams and Ghanaian forward Jeffrey Otoo were sent out on loan to Charleston Battery as the club found itself with 13 international players on the roster.
This season Williams is expected to play a more active role on the roster as a backup forward for Josef Martinez with the first team and make possible appearances with its USL team, Atlanta United 2.
Atlanta United completed the green card process for several players last year, including Kevin Kratz (Germany), Chris McCann (Ireland), who remain with the team, and Kenwyne Jones (Trinidad and Tobago), who retired in the offseason.
Williams scored a goal in Saturday’s 3-1 preseason win at Nashville SC.