Danny Williams (soccer, born 1989)

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Danny Williams
Personal information
Full name Daniel Charles Williams[1]
Date of birth (1989-03-08) March 8, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Karlsruhe, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Huddersfield Town
Number 19
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)
2013–2017 Reading 135 (13)
2017– Huddersfield Town 25 (0)
National team
2005 Germany U15 3 (1)
2011– United States 23 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:13, 22 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

Daniel Charles Williams (born March 8, 1989) is a professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Huddersfield Town and the United States national team.[2]

Early 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.[3] Williams is a citizen of both Germany and the United States.

Club career[edit]

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

He made his Bundesliga debut for the SC Freiburg first team on January 22, 2010 against Stuttgart.[3][4][5] 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 in the English Championship on a four-year contract.[6] On August 3, Williams made his debut in the season opener against Ipswich Town. He came on as a sub in the second half as Reading won the game 2–1.[7] He scored his first goal for the club on February 1, 2014, in a 3–0 win against Millwall.[8]

On July 4, 2017, Williams signed a two-year contract with newly promoted Premier League side Huddersfield Town after rejecting a new contract with Reading.[9] He made his league debut against Crystal Palace in a 3–0 win. He scored his first goal for Huddersfield in an FA Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers on 6 January 2018.[10]

International career[edit]

Williams represented the Germany under-15 team.[3] However, due to FIFA regulations concerning dual citizenship, he remained eligible to play at the senior level for either Germany or the United States.

On September 30, 2011, Williams obtained an American passport, making him eligible to play for the United States national team. He was called up by the United States team for two friendlies in October 2011, and made his first appearance for the U.S. 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 Jürgen Klinsmann.[11] On June 5, 2015 Williams scored his first international goal in Amsterdam in a friendly against the Netherlands. The goal was an equalizer 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.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played March 10, 2018
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 Regionalliga Süd 21 2 21 2
2010–11 Regionalliga Süd 6 0 6 0
Total 60 4 60 4
SC Freiburg 2009–10 Bundesliga 6 0 0 0 6 0
2010–11 Bundesliga 7 0 2 0 9 0
2011–12 Bundesliga 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 Bundesliga 21 1 0 0 21 1
Total 45 1 3 0 48 1
Reading 2013–14 Championship 30 3 1 0 1 0 32 3
2014–15 Championship 25 1 6 0 0 0 31 1
2015–16 Championship 39 5 4 1 3 0 46 6
2016–17 Championship 41 4 1 0 2 0 3[a] 0 47 4
Total 135 13 12 1 6 0 3 0 156 14
Huddersfield Town 2017–18 Premier League 20 0 3 1 1 0 24 1
Total 20 0 3 1 1 0 24 1
Career total 275 18 20 2 7 0 3 0 306 20
  1. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs

International[edit]

United States national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 4 0
2012 7 0
2013 1 0
2014 1 0
2015 6 2
2016 3 0
2017 1 0
Total 23 2

Statistics accurate as of match played November 14, 2017[13]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Player Profile". achtzehn99.de. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Fußball-Spielbetriebs GmbH. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Sciaretta, Brian (February 10, 2010). "Williams Emerging at SC Freiburg". Yanks-Abroad.com. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "VfB siegt 1:0 gegen den SC Freiburg". vfb1.de (in German). January 23, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  5. ^ "Der VfB Stuttgart siegt beim SC Freiburg mit 1:0". Badische Zeitung. January 22, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Reading sign USA midfielder Danny Williams from Hoffenheim" BBC Sport. June 25, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "Opening day win". Reading F.C. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Millwall 0–3 Reading" BBC Sport. February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "SIGNING: DANNY WILLIAMS JOINS TOWN". htafc.com. Huddersfield Town A.F.C. July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Bolton 1-2 Huddersfield". BBC. January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "United States vs. Brazil – 9 September 2015 – Soccerway". Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Danny Williams". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved May 10, 2016.

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