Sheanon Williams was part of the 2011 Philadelphia Union side which advanced to the MLS Cup playoffs.
He knows what it takes.
Playoff seedings are decided at the end of a marathon season, not after eight matches.
The Union (1-2-5, eight points) could easily have compiled more points by now, but they’re not panicking. Hardly.
Still, they understand what’s at stake.
“We want to win, it’s not just being competitive...we want to win games,” Williams said. “When you don’t win games, it’s not ideal, ties are the most frustrating. It’s not like we are losing games or getting blown over you know. Maybe not [in last Saturday's match against Houston], but for the most part we are outplaying teams and we have one win in eight games; We are getting deep into the season and we cannot keep saying that. We have to keep working.”
Williams is constantly working and has developed into one of the most dependable defenders in the league.
He expects to win.
“I think we have played well enough to win, but sometimes, we’ve given up tough goals and other times we’ve had a lapse here or there,” Williams said. “Our record is what it is. We can’t change it. We have to move forward and start putting together complete games so we can come away with three points instead of one.”
The schedule doesn’t get any easier with consecutive visits to Montreal on Saturday (4 p.m., watch on The Comcast Network) and then Seattle on May 3 (10 p.m., TCN).
The Union would ideally like to come back with six points, but they’re aware at the task in front of them.
“We just have to take them one at a time,” Williams said. “We need to stay focused, stay within ourselves and execute our gameplan. We can’t worry about what’s down the road. We need to look at the next one in Montreal and do everything we can to get the three points. Then we’ll look at the next one. As we look around this locker room, there’s so much talent. We have the ability to win consistently in this league with the talent and depth in here.
“We just have to put it all together on the field for 90 minutes and come up with the result that we expect.”
The Union expect to be a playoff club this season. That’s down the road. For now, it’s all about the work put in each day.
“It started in preseason training and it continues now,” Williams said. “We have to keep churning out good days and it will transfer into the games. We all believe in each other and what we’re going to accomplish together.”
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