The Columbus Crew recently signed defender Josh Williams, a former standout at Copley High School and Cleveland State University, to a Major League Soccer contract for the remainder of the season.
Williams, 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds, was invited to play in three of the Crew's exhibition matches vs. college teams in April. He also has professional experience with the Cleveland Internationals of the USL Premier Development League.
‘‘We have had Josh on our radar since the beginning of the season and we got a look at him a a few friendlies,’’ Crew coach Robert Warzycha said. ‘‘He is a physical and versatile player who can play any position on the back line and we look forward to integrating him into the team.’’
Williams, 22, was a four-year starter at CSU as a midfielder and forward. He captained the Vikings during his junior and senior years. He was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team as a freshman, Horizon All-League Tournament Team as a junior and All-Horizon first-team as a senior.
Williams led CSU with six goals as a senior, and finished with 12 goals and eight assists in his collegiate career.
At Copley, Williams was a second-team All-Ohio Division II selection and a first-team All-Suburban League selection as a senior with 25 goals and 13 assists. He scored 49 goals and had 26 assists in three varsity seasons.
Williams also earned three letters for baseball and two letters for basketball at Copley.