Josh Williams (soccer)

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Josh Williams
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-04-18) April 18, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Akron, Ohio, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender, Full back
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 23
Youth career
2006–2009 Cleveland State Vikings
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Cleveland Internationals 40 (1)
2010–2014 Columbus Crew 71 (4)
2015 New York City FC 5 (0)
2015– Toronto FC 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 13, 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Josh Williams (born April 18, 1988) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.


College and amateur[edit]

Williams grew up in Copley, Ohio, and attended Copley High School, before going on to play four years of college soccer at Cleveland State University. He captained the Vikings team during his junior and senior years, and during his tenure at CSU earned many accolades, including Horizon League All-Newcomer Team his freshman year, Horizon All-League Tournament Team his junior year and DI All-Ohio and All-Horizon First Teams his senior year. He capped his career at CSU with a team-leading six goals, and finished with 12 goals and eight assists overall.

During his college years Williams also played with the Cleveland Internationals in the USL Premier Development League.


Williams was invited to train with Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew in the spring of 2010, and played in three of the Crew’s exhibition matches vs. college teams. After spending the summer in the PDL with the Internationals, Williams was signed by the Crew on September 16, 2010,[1] fulfilling a lifelong dream - Williams attended the inaugural game of the Columbus Crew in 1996 aged 8, and has been a fan of the team ever since.

In June 2011 Williams was suspended for 10 games and fined 10% of his salary after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, methandienone metabolites, which he ingested as part of an over-the-counter supplement he purchased at a drugstore.[2]

On December 8, 2014, Williams was traded to New York City FC in exchange for allocation funds.[3] He played five games in the team's inaugural season before being waived on July 25, 2015.[4]

On July 31, 2015 Toronto FC announced that they had acquired Williams off waivers to join their club.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former Soccer Star Williams Signs With the Columbus Crew". Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jeremiah Oshan. "Columbus Crew Defender Josh Williams Suspended For Using Performance Enhancing Drugs". Vox Media. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "New York City FC Acquires Defender Josh Williams from Columbus Crew". December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lampard out vs. Orlando City, Josh Williams waived". Empire of Soccer. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Toronto FC on Twitter: "News: Toronto FC has acquired defender Josh Williams off waivers. More to come. #TFCLive"". Toronto FC Twitter. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 

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