Defender Sheanon Williams has been traded to the Houston Dynamo along with an international slot in exchange for allocation money according to several reports today. The deal frees up some much needed cap space for the Union, while providing Houston with a quality attacking full back.
Sadly, time seemed to be running out for Sheanon in Philadelphia after Jim Curtin gave the starting right back spot to Ray Gaddis several weeks ago. Despite Williams' ability to attack down the flanks and the added threat of his long throw, Curtin clearly values Gaddis' defense more. The Union have also been linked with several international players, meaning that cap space is needed if they wish to add more players.
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Despite the need for salary cap space, there is one major issue with this move. The Union are now frightfully thin at full back, with Ray Gaddis being the only right back on the roster. One would have to assume that there are other moves in the works, but something will need to be done to reinforce the bench for the Union. Stay tuned for updates and the official announcement from the team.