'Categorically False' - MLS Insider Refutes Claims Of Timbers Star's Potential Departure

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While rumors of new signings continue to rumble on for the Portland Timbers, there has not been much talk surrounding possible outgoings from Providence Park. After a dissapointing 2022 season in which the Timbers failed to qualify for the MLS Playoffs by one point, most discussions surrounding the team have been predicated on who to sign in order to improve the team.

However, one name that has been suggested as a possible departure is the highly-skilled midfielder Eryk Williamson. The 25-year-old experienced a tumultuous end to the 2022 campaign, which was capped off by an apparent rift in his relationship with head coach Gio Savarese. Despite being one of the club's most talented players in the middle of the park, Williamson played only a total of 16 minutes in Timbers' final two regular season games as they pushed to qualify for the postseason.

As a result, the rumor mill has been churning regarding the possible sale of Williamson in recent weeks, including some online speculation that the midfielder was close to striking a deal with the New England Revolution. Much to the delight of the PTFC faithful however, MLS insider Tom Bogert has silenced the whispers on Twitter, revealing that any reports suggesting Williamson is closing in on a move to the Northeast are 'categorically false'. This revelation was later confirmed by Timbers beat reporter Ryan Clarke.

For now, Timbers fans can focus on the potential incomings to the club in the coming weeks, as reports have begun to bubble up that the club are interested in signing a center-forward. Earlier in the week Tom Bogert revealed that the Cascadia club are interested in bringing in Danish striker Kasper Junker, 28, from J-League side Urawa Reds on a loan deal.