The Colorado Rapids announced today the signing of Trinidadian defender Mekeil Williams. Williams is 25 years old and played last season for Antigua in the Guatemalan first division. The Denver Post reported that he scored one goal in 20 matches for Antigua.
Williams has been the regular starting left back for the Trinidad and Tobago National team since 2012. He started in all of the teams matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer, where he completed 70 of 87 passes for an 80% completion rate.
Terms of the deal (salary and transfer fees) were not disclosed, per MLS policy. The MLS Players Union usually releases salary data for the current MLS season each June and September.
He fills a position of need for the Rapids going forward into 2016. With the release of Michael Harrington and the transfer of Maynor Figueroa, the Rapids lacked an experienced left back on the roster until today's signing. The Rapids other fullbacks in training camp include Stephen Keel and Marlon Hairston. Keel was on the roster for FC Dallas in 2015, but did not play. Hairston started three matches at right back in 2015.
The Rapids backline now looks pretty much set for 2016, with Williams, Sean St. Ledger, Axel Sjoberg or Bobby Burling, and Marlon Hairston set to begin the season on defense for the burgundy. Now all the team needs is a little depth; the signing of Williams brings current roster to 22 of 28 spots filled.