Lydia Williams

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Lydia Williams
Lydia Williams in 2011.JPG
Williams playing for Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Personal information
Full name Lydia Grace Yilkari Williams
Date of birth (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Katanning, Australia
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
(on loan from Houston Dash)
Number 1
Youth career
Tuggeranong
Woden
AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 AIS
2008–2012 Canberra United 46 (0)
2009 Chicago Red Stars
2012–2013 Piteå IF 24 (0)
2013–2014 Canberra United 12 (0)
2014 Western New York Flash 14 (0)
2015 Washington Spirit 0 (0)
2015–2016 Canberra United 10 (0)
2016– Houston Dash 15 (0)
2016– Melbourne City (loan) 14 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Australia U-20 14 (0)
2005– Australia 60 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 March 2017

Lydia Grace Yilkari Williams (born 13 May 1988) is an Indigenous Australian soccer player, who currently plays for Melbourne City in the W-League on loan from Houston Dash.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Katanning, Western Australia to a father of Aboriginal descent and a mother from the United States.[1][2][3]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

After playing junior football for Tuggeranong and Woden in the Australian Capital Territory Williams joined the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program.[4]

Williams joined Australian W-League team Canberra United in 2008.

In 2014, following a season-ending injury to Adrianna Franch, the Western New York Flash signed Lydia Williams to be their starting goalkeeper.[5][6] Williams started 14 games in goal for the Western New York Flash. The Katanning, West Australia native recorded two shutouts in 2014 prior to tearing her ACL while participating in the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with the Australian Women’s National Team, an injury that ended her NWSL season. In September 2014, Williams was waived by Flash and was selected by Washington Spirit for the 2015 season.[7] She was not on the roster for the Washington Spirit at the start of the season.[8] In January 2016, she was signed by the Houston Dash.[9] On 15 October 2016, Williams signed a season long loan with Melbourne City.[10]

International career[edit]

She has represented Australia at the 2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Under 20 Women's Championship.[11][12]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Canberra United

International[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherwood, Merryn (29 September 2008). "Williams takes walk on the wild side". Canberra United FC. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lydia Williams - Pride of the Deadlys". Deadly Vibe. Vibe Australia. October 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Inspirational keeper takes road less travelled". FIFA. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Player Profile - Lydia Williams". Canberra United FC. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Flash GK Franch tears right ACL, out for season". The Equalizer. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Flash add Aussie GK Williams". Western New York Flash. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Four players selected off NWSL waiver wire; Souza, Adams, Lohman and Williams all selected by new teams". NWSL. 15 September 2014. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Spirit Roster". Washington Spirit. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Houston Dash sign Australia National Team goalkeeper Lydia Williams". Houston Dash. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "City signs Matildas Goalkeeper Lydia Williams". Melbourne City. 15 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Lydia Williams". FIFA. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Player Profile - Lydia Williams". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 

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