Danny Williams (footballer, born 1989)

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Danny Williams
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Williams
Date of birth (1989-03-08) March 8, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Karlsruhe, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 23
Youth career
1998–2004 Karlsruher SC
2004–2008 SC Freiburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 SC Freiburg II 60 (4)
2010–2011 SC Freiburg 14 (0)
2011–2013 1899 Hoffenheim 45 (1)
2013 1899 Hoffenheim II 1 (0)
2013– Reading 30 (3)
National team
Germany U15 3 (0)
2011– United States 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:06, 4 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Daniel "Danny" Williams (born March 8, 1989) is a German-born American soccer player who plays for English club Reading and the United States national team.[1]

Career[edit]

Danny Williams began his career 1998 in the youth system of Karlsruher SC and then played from July 2004 in the SC Freiburg youth and reserve system.

He made his debut for the first team of SC Freiburg on January 22, 2010 against Stuttgart.[2][3][4] He would go on to make nine appearances for Freiburg in 2010, two of them as a starting player.

Williams joined the Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim on August 31, 2011. In his first appearance for the club on September 10, 2011, he registered an assist in a 4–0 Hoffenheim victory over FSV Mainz.

On June 25, 2013, it was confirmed that Williams joined Reading on a four-year contract.[5] On August 3, Williams made his debut in the season opener against Ipswich Town. He came on as a substitute in the second half as Reading won the game 2–1.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on 1 February 2014, in a 3-0 win against Millwall.[7]

International career[edit]

As a youth, Williams played for the Germany under-15 team.[2] However, due to FIFA regulations concerning dual citizenship, he remained eligible to play at the senior level for either Germany or the United States. He was called up by United States team for two friendlies in October 2011, and made his first appearance for the USA on October 8, 2011 in a 1–0 victory against Honduras. Williams was the first player to earn his first national team cap under the Americans' new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 22 April 2014.[9][10]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SC Freiburg II 2008–09 Regionalliga Süd 33 2 33 2
2009–10 21 2 21 2
2010–11 6 0 6 0
Total 60 4 60 4
SC Freiburg 2009–10 Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 6 0
2010–11 7 0 2 0 9 0
2011–12 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 14 0 2 0 16 0
1899 Hoffenheim 2011–12 Bundesliga 24 0 3 0 27 0
2012–13 21 1 0 0 21 1
Total 45 1 3 0 48 1
1899 Hoffenheim II 2012–13 Regionalliga Südwest 1 0 1 0
Reading 2013–14 Championship 30 3 1 0 1 0 32 3
Career total 150 8 6 0 1 0 157 8

Personal life[edit]

Born in Karlsruhe, West Germany, Williams is the son of an American father and German mother. His father is originally from North Carolina, and was stationed in Heidelberg while serving in the United States military.[2] Williams is a citizen of both Germany and the United States. On September 30, 2011, Williams obtained an American passport, making him eligible to play for the United States national team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile". achtzehn99.de. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Fußball-Spielbetriebs GmbH. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Sciaretta, Brian (February 10, 2010). "Williams Emerging at SC Freiburg". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "VfB siegt 1:0 gegen den SC Freiburg". vfb1.de (in German). January 23, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Der VfB Stuttgart siegt beim SC Freiburg mit 1:0". Badische Zeitung. January 22, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Reading sign USA midfielder Danny Williams from Hoffenheim" BBC Sport. June 25, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  6. ^ "Opening day win". Reading F.C. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Millwall 0-3 Reading" BBC Sport. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  8. ^ "U.S. MNT Wins 1–0 against Honduras in Miami". USSoccer.com. U.S. Soccer. October 8, 2011. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Daniel Williams profile". Soccerway. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Daniel Williams career statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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