Romario Williams is a striker for Atlanta United. (Atlanta United)

Atlanta United secures green card for Williams

Romario Williams is the second Atlanta United player to receive a green card after the team announced the process was completed on Monday.

Williams, a native of Jamaica, joins Hector Villalba, a native of Argentina, as two players who have received the documents during the preseason.

Though the team has declined to discuss which players they are working to help, Josef Martinez (Venezuela) and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez  (Argentina) are also expected to receive green cards.

Within MLS rules, acquiring a green cards changes the status of the player from an International. Each MLS team starts with eight slots for International, or non-U.S., players. The slots can be traded. Atlanta United has eight slots this season. 

Among the remaining players on Atlanta United’s roster who are classified as international are: Franco Escobar and Ezequiel Barco (Argentina), Jose Hernandez (Venezuela), Oliver Shannon (England), Julian Gressel and Gordon Wild (Germany), and Miguel Almiron (Paraguay). Players who are sent on loan for the season don’t count against the international slots. At this point, Atlanta United would need only to free one more international slot.

MLS teams have until March 1 to make rosters compliant with league rules.

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, 23, is a striker who spent last season on loan at Charleston. He is expected this season to back-up Martinez with the first team and make possible appearances with its USL team, Atlanta United 2. Williams scored a goal in Saturday’s 3-1 preseason win at Nashville SC.

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