Mekeil Williams in action for Trinidad and Tobago
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Colorado Rapids sign Trinidad and Tobago national team defender Mekeil Williams

The Colorado Rapids added a defender on Thursday, when they announced that they have signed 25-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international Mekeil Williams on a transfer from Guatemalan club Antigua GFC.

Williams has 11 appearances for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, appearing in three matches for the Soca Warriors at last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, including their quarterfinal loss to Panama.

“Mekeil is a player we have been tracking since Trinidad and Tobago’s successful run in the Gold Cup last year,” Rapids technical director and VP of soccer operations Paul Bravo said in a statement released by the club. “So, when there was an opportunity, we decided to execute a permanent transfer with his club.

“Mekeil is starting to establish himself at the international level. He will bring a versatility, athleticism and strong mentality to our backline. We are delighted to welcome him to our club.”

Williams began his career with Trinidadian clubs Ma Pau and W Connection, eventually moving to Polish club Pogon Szczecin on a five-month loan in February 2012. He moved to Danish side FC Fyn in August of that year, appearing eight times for the club before returning to W Connection in 2013.

Williams transferred to Antigua last June, appearing in 20 matches across all competitions for the Guatemalan first division club before moving to Colorado on Thursday. He is the first defender signed by Colorado this offseason, and the eighth on the club’s senior roster