Sheanon Williams

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Sheanon Williams
2011-06-18 Sheanon-Williams.jpg
Personal information
Full name Sheanon Antoine Williams[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-17) March 17, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 25
Youth career
0000–2005 FCGB Bolts
2005–2007 IMG Soccer Academy
2008 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Carolina Dynamo 23 (8)
2010 Harrisburg City Islanders 19 (3)
2010–2015 Philadelphia Union 141 (7)
2015–2016 Houston Dynamo 36 (0)
2017– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 (0)
National team
2007 United States U17 4 (0)
2009 United States U20 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 8, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 3, 2015

Sheanon Antoine Williams (born March 17, 1990) is an American soccer player, currently playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Williams attended The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts and played club soccer for FC Greater Boston Bolts before being offered a place at the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida in 2005 as a member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team Residency Program. He earned NSCAA/adidas Youth All-America honors in 2006 and 2007, and was named to the 2007 PARADE High School All-America squad.

Williams enrolled at the University of North Carolina in January 2008, and subsequently played one year of college soccer for the Tar Heels, before leaving school a year early to attempt to secure a professional contract in Europe.

Despite performing well on trial with teams such as Vfl Wolfsburg,[2] Williams was unable to secure a contract, and returned to the United States in 2009. He played with the Carolina Dynamo of the USL Premier Development League, earning All-Eastern Conference honors after scoring six goals and 16 points in 12 games.

Professional[edit]

After training with Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake during the latter half of 2009 and early 2010,[3] Williams turned professional in 2010 when he joined the Harrisburg City Islanders in the USL Second Division. He made his professional debut and scored his first professional goal in Harrisburg's opening day 2-2 draw with the Richmond Kickers.[4] After training with the Philadelphia Union, Williams eventually signed with the team in August 2010.[5] In Week 7 of the 2011 MLS season, Williams was named to the MLS Team of the Week for his performance against the San Jose Earthquakes.[6] He again gained Team of the Week honors in Week 16 of the season.[7]

In February 2012, Philadelphia signed Williams to a contract extension through the 2015 season.[8]

In July 2015, Philadelphia traded Williams, along with an international roster slot, to Houston Dynamo in exchange for allocation money and future considerations.[9]

On December 13, 2016 Williams was traded by the Dynamo to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for general allocation money.[10]

International[edit]

Williams played with the US National U-17 team from 2005 to 2007, and was a member of the United States squad at the 2007 CONCACAF U17 Tournament and the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea. He moved on to play for the US National U-20 team in 2008, and played at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup Playoffs North America Total
2010 Harrisburg City Islanders USL Second Division 19 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 21 3
Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2011 32 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 35 1
2012 28 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2013 32 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 2
2014 24 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 29 3
2015 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total USA 156 10 13 0 2 0 0 0 171 10
Career total 156 10 13 0 2 0 0 0 171 10

Updated June 15, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 22. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "SHEANON WILLIAMS SCORES On trial with Wolfsburg". Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "RSL Lands Sheanon Williams - WVHooligan.com – MLS Blog". Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ August 31, 20103:00PM EDTPhiladelphia Union Communications (2010-08-31). "Union Acquire D/M Williams". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  6. ^ May 3, 20114:36PM EDTMLSsoccer.com (2011-05-03). "Williams, Daniel, Valdés Named to MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week". Philadelphia Union. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  7. ^ July 6, 201110:45AM EDT (2011-07-06). "Team of the Week: Week 16". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  8. ^ "Defender Sheanon Williams rewarded with new contract in Philadelphia". February 22, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Houston Dynamo acquire Philadelphia Union defender Sheanon Williams in exchange for allocation money". MLSsoccer.com. 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  10. ^ "Whitecaps FC acquire Sheanon Williams from Houston Dynamo". December 13, 2016. 

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