NEW YORK - Rhys Williams, formerly of the Columbia men's soccer team, has earned a trial with Orlando City FC of the MLS.
Williams, who hails from Weston, Florida, will compete for a spot on Orlando City's reserve team, known as Orlando City B. He becomes the second former Lion to become familiar with the franchise, as Antonio Matarazzo '16CC was a third round pick by OCFC last year. Williams also joins the likes of classmate Andrew Tinari, who picked up a training camp invite with Minnesota United FC last week.
The midfielder battled through injuries the past couple of seasons to play in 16 games in 2016, scoring a pair of goals and adding three assists. Williams assisted on one of Arthur Bosua's three goals in Columbia's 4-0 triumph over Cornell, which sealed the Ivy League title for the Lions.
In his career, Williams tallied seven goals and five assists, and earned second team all-conference honors during his sophomore season. The senior netted two goals over Michigan during his second season with the Lions, picking up Ivy League Player of the Week honors in the process.