FC Arizona Hires Former Major League Soccer Star Andy Williams as Head Coach of NPSL Team & Club Technical Director

Jamaican International to Provide Experience and Professionalism to Adult & Youth Sides of the Organization

For Immediate Release – Thursday, July 8th, 2021

GILBERT, AZ – FC Arizona today announced the hiring of Andy Williams as Head Coach of its National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) team and Technical Director for its entire soccer organization.  Coach Williams will be responsible for the men’s first team as well as oversee the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) men’s teams and the FC Arizona hierarchy to provide vision, strategy, and a comprehensive curriculum to its players.

“After a joyful career within Major League Soccer, as a player, coach, and scout, I am really excited to sign with FC Arizona and offer my strengths to create an engaging, lifetime experience for every single player within the club.  My sights are set on a player-first philosophy for both boys and girls, from U-7 recreational player to the collegiate and professionally ambitious athlete.  Soccer has a magnificent impact on people, physically, mentally and emotionally and it is my honor to support our player’s maturity and life goals through the game.” – Andy Williams

Jamie Landreman, President of FC Arizona, added: “This is one example of right place and the right time.  After we learned of Andy’s desire to live in Arizona, we were quick to connect and now, are thrilled to attract a coach with this much experience into our club.  We have tasked Andy with great responsibility to direct us into a new era of leadership, service, and success. This, along with our recent success with the men’s team, advances in our youth system, and our move into the new Legacy Sports Complex, have given us startling momentum as we head toward 2022.”

Following a four-year stint at the University of Rhode Island (1994 – 1997) where Williams remains the team’s all-time leading scorer, with 52 goals and 45 assists, he joined Major League Soccer in 1998 with the Columbus Crew and enjoyed an extraordinarily successful career as a midfielder for the Miami Fusion, New England Revolution, NY/NJ MetroStars, Chicago Fire, and Real Salt Lake. Over that period, Williams scored 27 goals and added 78 assists. The apex of his professional journey occurred during Real Salt Lake’s MLS Championship year in 2009.  Throughout his professional days, Williams was also a stalwart for the Jamaican National Team, playing in the 1998 World Cup and competing for his country for 2002, 2006, and 2010 CONCACAF qualifying campaigns.  In that time, he scored 13 goals and 27 assists.  Williams retired as a player in 2011.

Following retirement, Williams joined Real Salt Lake as Head Scout playing a critical role for the club in identifying multiple major national and international talents that elevated RSL’s team success over the last nine years. In addition to his duties as a scout, Williams oversaw and coached the reserve team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable moments from Andy’s playing career.