MIAMI – The Miami FC announced on Friday it had signed 2020 Championship All-League First Team selection Devon “Speedy” Williams ahead of the 2021 campaign. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
The Jamaican international midfielder comes to South Florida after spending four seasons with Louisville City FC. Williams brings three Championship titles with him to Miami, winning in 2016 with New York Red Bulls II and then with LouCity in 2017 and 2018. He also won an Eastern Conference Title in 2019 with Louisville.
“In my opinion Speedy is the best player of his kind in the USL,” said Miami Technical Director and Head Coach Paul Dalglish. “He is incredibly mobile, defensively excellent and a magician with the ball. Furthermore, he is a proven winner having won three USL championships. A winner culture is created by the people you have at the club and this is another player that has the correct mentality to play here.”
Williams led Louisville in minutes played in 2020 as he appeared in all 19 matches to help lead the side to the Eastern Conference Final of the Championship Playoffs. He posted impressive individual stats including leading the league in most completed passes (831) and finishing second among outfield players in recoveries (141). With his 19 appearances in 2020, Williams now has played in more than 140 Championship matches, bringing a wealth of experience to Riccardo Silva Stadium.
Speedy Williams has made 12 appearances for Jamaica, including competing for his country at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
The 28-year-old was coming off a 2019 season in which he not only featured in 30 league matches, but also added six appearances with his senior national team, including competing for the Reggae Boyz in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Williams has made 12 appearances overall for his country, scoring once in the Concacaf Nations League against Aruba in October 2019.
His 2017 and 2018 seasons with Louisville City saw Williams make 48 starts, while playing a prominent role in back-to-back USL Championship Final victories. In the 2017 USL Championship Final, Williams’ assist set up Cameron Lancaster’s late game-winner as the club earned its first Championship title.
Prior to joining Louisville, Williams enjoyed two very successful seasons for New York Red Bulls II, logging 39 league appearances. During his time there, Red Bulls II won the 2016 Championship Regular Season title, while also taking victory the USL Championship Final in a team that included current U.S. Men’s National Team players Tyler Adams and Aaron Long. Prior to going pro, the midfielder played collegiately at Robert Morris University, playing in 71 matches from 2011-2014.