Danny Williams (soccer, born 1989)

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Danny Williams
Personal information
Full name Daniel Williams
Date of birth (1989-03-08) March 8, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Karlsruhe, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position 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– Reading 99 (9)
National team
Germany U15 3 (1)
2011– United States 20 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 22, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 22, 2016

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

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Williams began his career 1998 in the Karlsruher SC youth setup and then played from July 2004 for the SC Freiburg youth and reserve sides.

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

Williams joined the Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim on August 31, 2011. During his first appearance for the club on September 10, 2011, he made 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 subin the second half as Reading won the game 2–1.[6] He scored his first goal for the club on February 1, 2014, in a 3–0 win against Millwall.[7]

International[edit]

Williams represented 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 the 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] On June 5, 2015 Williams scored his first international goal in Amsterdam in a friendly against the Netherlands. The goal was an equaliser for the United States who had been trailing 3–1 against the Dutch. The United States went on to win the game 4–3. On September 8, 2015, he scored a goal in a friendly against Brazil which ended in a 4–1 defeat.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played August 23, 2016.[10][11]
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
2014–15 25 1 6 0 0 0 31 1
2015–16 39 5 4 1 3 0 46 6
2016–17 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
Total 99 9 11 1 6 0 115 10
Career total 219 14 16 1 6 0 241 15

International[edit]

United States national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 4 0
2012 7 0
2013 1 0
2014 1 0
2015 6 2
Total 19 2

Statistics accurate as of match played October 13, 2015[12]

International Goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. June 5, 2015 Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Netherlands
3–3
4–3
Friendly [1]
2. September 8, 2015 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts  Brazil
1–4
1–4
Friendly

Personal life[edit]

Born in Karlsruhe, West Germany, Williams is the son of an African 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. February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 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. ^ "United States vs. Brazil - 9 September 2015 - Soccerway". Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Daniel Williams profile". Soccerway. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Daniel Williams career statistics". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Danny Williams". National Football Teams. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 

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