Williams 'Honored' to be with Union
Sheanon Williams got the call of a lifetime.
There he was, sitting in a hotel room, when the phone rang. It was the Philadelphia Union.
“Best call I ever had,” said Williams, smiling at the memory.
The day before the match against Chivas de Guadalajara, the Union announced the signing of Williams, a defender and midfielder from the Harrisburg City Islanders, Philadelphia’s USL-2 affiliate. This move completed the 24-man roster permitted by Major League Soccer regulations. However, the Union can still expand their roster to 26 with the signing of two home grown players.
Williams received extensive playing time in the friendly, a 1-0 Union victory.
“It was great to be on the field with the Union,” Williams said. “The guys were great to me. I’m excited to be here. The crowd was fantastic. The Sons of Ben are something. They’re so loud and supportive. I’m very excited to be part of this organization. When the phone rang and I found out what was going on, it was something.
“I called my parents right away. I was so happy.”
A product of the U-17 Residency Program, Williams represented the United States in two youth World Cups, including the U-17 World Cup in Korea (2007), where he played for former head coach and current Philadelphia Union Coach John Hackworth, and the U-20 World Cup in Egypt (‘09). Raised in Boston, Williams is the second player to join the Union from the Harrisburg City Islanders. J.T. Noone was signed by the expansion side on July 30, thanks to a partnership signed by the two organizations last February.
“I’ve been working very hard and this was a great result for me,” said Williams. “The staff here with the Union is great, and I am looking forward to contributing to the success of this team in its first season. It’s an honor for me to be part of the club.”
Moving forward, the 20-year-old Williams isn’t sure how much playing time he’ll receive. The Union host Kansas City on Saturday.
“Whatever they need, I will do,” Williams said. “I will prepare hard every day to play. I will be ready when called on. I have always been that way. It has been a great few days. It’s only going to get better for me. When the club needs me, I will go in and give it everything I have.”