BIRMINGHAM, AL (Feb. 27, 2020) – Birmingham Legion FC announced today the acquisition of forward JJ Williams on loan from Major League Soccer. A Generation adidas signing prior to the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, Williams previously competed for Legion FC on loan from Columbus Crew SC during the 2019 season.
Williams was placed on waivers by Crew SC on February 20, 2020 but remains under contract to Major League Soccer through his Generation adidas deal.
“JJ is someone we are very excited to bring back,” said Legion FC President and General Manager Jay Heaps. “He has proven to be a dangerous attacking player and an excellent addition to our locker room. He has strong roots locally and will continue to make an impact in our community.”
Williams, 22, made 23 appearances for Legion FC last season while on loan from Columbus. The forward was joint-first in goals scored (seven), third in shots (41), and eighth in chances created (15) in the regular season. Additionally, he scored the winning goal in Legion FC’s 3-2 win over North Carolina FC in the play-in round of the 2019 USL Championship Playoffs.
Williams was selected by Crew SC in the first round of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft and went on to make seven appearances (three starts) for the club last season. Before being drafted, Williams played three seasons (2016-2018) at the University of Kentucky, and made 57 appearances (30 starts), scored 24 goals and provided 15 assists. He was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, a First-Team All-American, and the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2018.
While he grew up in Montgomery, AL, Williams spent his club career playing in Birmingham for Vestavia FC and was the 2016 Alabama High School Player of the Year playing at Alabama Christian Academy. He played in USL League Two for the local Birmingham Hammers, as well as Reading United and the Dayton Dutch Lions.
Name: JJ Williams
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthdate: January 4, 1998 (age: 22)
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Citizenship: United States
Previous Club: Columbus Crew SC (MLS)
About Birmingham Legion FC
Launched in 2018 as an expansion member of the USL Championship, Birmingham Legion FC is the Magic City’s first and only locally owned and operated professional soccer franchise. Legion FC finished their inaugural campaign in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the USL Championship playoffs. The club plays home matches at BBVA Field, on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. For ticket information and to purchase official Legion FC merchandise, please visit bhmlegion.com. Supporters are encouraged to download the Legion FC app and follow @bhmlegion on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest club news.