Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Williams to lead US Under-17s

Richie Williams has been a winner at every level he's competed at as a player - winning national championships as a youth player and collegian; winning MLS Cups with DC United; capped by the full US National team. He's coached at all levels in our country - as a youth coach with the US Under-18 national team; as a collegiate coach at the University of Virginia; as an MLS assistant and interim head coach.

You can now add Under-17 national team coach to his long resume, as he was named to oversee U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to coach the U.S. U-17 men's national team and be with the players full-time in the Residency Program," Williams said in a statement. "It is a great responsibility as the players kick off the cycle toward the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, but it is also an excellent platform for introducing them in more detail to the philosophies and style of play that are being integrated throughout the national team programs."

"Richie is an ideal candidate to guide the development of our young national team players while also preparing the team during the next year to qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "His experience as a player and coach at the highest levels will allow him to continue to provide a professional environment for the players in our U-17 Residency Program."

Williams has been mentored by the likes of Bruce Arena, Bob Bradley and Manfred Schelscheidt, and has competed at the highest of levels as both a player and coach. Congratulations to a young American coach who has worked his way up the ladder the right way, and now represents our country in developing our future full national team stars.

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