On Wednesday the Philadelphia Union announced that they had traded defender Sheanon Williams and an international spot to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for cash and future considerations.
Williams was the longest-tenured player on the squad and the only player left who had been with the team since 2010 when the Union first began to play. He has played in 141 games for the Union, which makes him the club’s all-time leader in games played.
After a 2014 season that saw Williams troubled by a number of injuries and uninspired play, this was supposed to be his comeback season where he would lead the Union back to the MLS postseason. Unfortunately things didn’t work out that way as head coach Jim Curtain had seemingly decided to move on from Williams and give Ray Gaddis his right back spot. Curtain did allow Williams to fight with Fabinho for the left back spot, but most of the time Williams ended up on the losing end of that battle.
Union technical director Chris Albright had this to say about Williams and the trade:
“Sheanon has represented the club well during his time here and we wish him the best of luck in Houston. However, this allows us the flexibility to make additional moves both short and long term.”
Williams has scored seven goals and 19 assists in his career and is going into the final year of a four-year contract he signed in 2011.
With Williams traded to the Dynamo, Sebastien Le Toux is the only active player left on the roster who played for the team during their inaugural season in 2010.