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

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.

 


FC Arizona Announces Stadium Partnership With Legacy Sports USA

FC Arizona Announces Stadium Partnership With Legacy Sports USA

FC Arizona Signs Long Term Home Field Agreement with Massive $250 million, 320-Acre Sports and Entertainment District in Mesa. 

[MESA, ARIZONA] — Arizona Professional Soccer Club FC Arizona announced today a historic agreement between the professional soccer club and Legacy Sports Park in Mesa, Arizona. Beginning in 2022, FC Arizona will begin training and hosting home games at the $250 million, 320-acre sports facility in development in Mesa Arizona. 

FC Arizona Technical Director Dave Rogers said “We are absolutely delighted to have a new home with a state of the art stadium that will host our professional NPSL, UPSL and WPSL teams using world class training pitches and facilities which will enhance the development and progression of our Academy Players and our Rec and grassroots programs.”

Club President Jamie Landreman said “this is an incredible achievement for FC Arizona and the State. Years of recruiting high-caliber coaching staff and players of proven quality and potential have created a community and fan-base that can support a venue of this quality and size. We could not be more excited to offer our players, supporters and Valley residents a first-class sporting experience.”

“Legacy Sports USA is proud to be partnering with one of the premier programs in the country,” said Chad Miller, CEO for Legacy.  “We are excited to have FC Arizona call Legacy Sports USA home as well as take advantage of all that the Park has to offer to their athletes, supporters, and within the community.”

 COVID-19 precautions and guidelines are strictly enforced by FC Arizona. Visit: www.fcarizona.com for more information on league safety guidelines.

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FC Arizona is a highly competitive and community driven professional soccer club in the state of Arizona. As a club, we adhere ourselves in the growth and development of our players and our coaches to the highest standards. 

ABOUT LEGACY SPORTS USA: Legacy Sport Park a privately owned 320-acre multi-use family sports and entertainment complex will be built in Mesa, Arizona opening to the public in January 2022. Legacy Sports Park will create over 1,500 jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in direct economic impact back to the surrounding community. The park is expected to attract over three million visitors annually.  Legacy Sports Park is the vision of Randy J. Miller, Chairman of Legacy Sports USA, Chad J Miller, CEO of Legacy Sports USA and Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O’Brien, Director of Performance Training at Legacy Park. In addition, Legacy Sports Park will also include a multi-purpose arena and outdoor amphitheater designed for live events, family shows, exhibitions, and conventions. The project will be developed in one single phase constructing outdoor and indoor team athletic facilities geared to high energy entertainment, sports venues. https://www.legacysportsusa.com/ to view more information on the Legacy Sports Park.


Riley Horne Deput

Congratulations to our 15-year-old academy player, Riley Horne who made his U23 Developmental team debut in our UPSL soccer match July 22, 2020. Riley showed real maturity and game intelligence, again proving that at FC Arizona Soccer we believe in our player development pathway.


UPSL Season Starts Today

We are excited for our UPSL Season opener which kicks off today, Saturday 6.27.20 with our U-23 Development Team playing East Valley United at 6:00 pm at Nichols Park in Gilbert. Our first team will be playing Sunday 6.28.20 against Olympians FC at the Olympus Stadium in El Mirage at 5:00 pm.


Youth Tryouts are Back On

We are officially in Phase 2 TODAY! Additionally the ASA has modified their Phase 2 Return-to-Play Guidelines as well as reduced their restrictions and opened up their permitted activities. Click here for more information from the ASA's website. They hope to open to Phase 3 very soon!

Phase 2 Tryouts are open tryouts for ALL players including interested players, registered players, and players who have been offered rostered spots. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Monday 6.1 through Thursday 6.4 | Tumbleweed Park, Field #6 | see graphic for age groupings and times

 

We know there is a lot going on, but we are strategically moving forward based on the guidance and structure set by the ASA to try and get soccer back on track! Come see what everyone is talking about. Our exclusive player curriculum, our experienced staff, and all the programs we offer.

Register today and get an FC Arizona shirt at tryouts that will get you into all our professional home games for FREE (ALL our men's and women's games)!!

❇️EAST VALLEY @ Pecos Park - https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/227966

❇️GILBERT @ Desert Sky Park - https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/227967

FC Arizona is looking for U7 to U19 boys and girls interested in club soccer to participate and play within the state. We have 4 available locations including East Valley, Gilbert, West Valley, and Maricopa.

If you would like to play for FC Arizona, please contact us at info@FCArizona.com and we will have a coach contact you.


UPSL Announces June 20th as Start of Season

As of May 15th, the UPSL announced they will be starting their season on Saturday June 20th for the states, counties, and municipalities where organized soccer is allowed, including Arizona.

The teams' participation during these extraordinary circumstances will be entirely voluntary. The UPSL has determined that many teams do wish to commence competitive play and is presenting the opportunity to do so. Some teams will prefer to not participate at this time. The deadline for teams to declare their intention is 5 pm PST on Wednesday, June 10. This allows several more weeks for the further relaxing of local restrictions to emerge.

The intention is to run a 10-game regular season, ending the weekend of August 22-23 followed by two weekends of playoff competition, the second of those being Regional Finals on the weekend of September 5-7. Once participating divisions and teams are known, the play-off structure and season schedule will be released. This will occur no later than Thursday, June 11.

This forthcoming season will require the participating teams to embrace flexibility and a spirit of cooperation. We do not know what new challenges will be presented that can force game postponements or cancellations.

For more information, please click here to visit the UPSL website.


ASA Announces Return-to-Play Guidelines and Phases

The Arizona Soccer Association (ASA) developed Return-to-Play Guidelines that will be implemented over four phases, starting with Phase 1 and decrease in restriction.

They have also outlined roles and responsibilities for each participant in our community, the Club, the Coach, the Player, and the Parent.

The ASA remains steadfast in its commitment to the safety of the players, coaches, referees, families, and communities. The ASA has emphasized the importance that everyone understands their role and demonstrates a commitment adhering to the ASA Return-to-Plat Guidelines which have been created based on federal, state, and local directives and guidance with the intent of providing a safe environment to get back on the field.  If there is hesitation in returning to play – DON’T; just because you can does not mean you must.

For more information regarding restrictions from the ASA, click here.

Listed below are the Return-to-Play Guidelines and the four phases the FC Arizona will be implemented which have been developed along with the ASA's Guidelines.


Player Promotions to NPSL First Team

More examples of how our FC Arizona player development pathway is important within our club and community. Three more of our homegrown academy products, Jesse Maldonado Jr. 17, Gabe Waters 18, and Sebastian Stein 17 have now progressed from our 02 team into our NPSL squad under the watchful eye of our Technical Director, Dave Rogers.


Player Identification In Place of Traditional Youth Tryouts

As we navigate the guidelines for the next month or so, it has become clear that all clubs need think outside of traditional youth club tryouts. Therefore we will still have individual player identification sessions. If you or someone you know is interested in having us consider you for the 2020-2021 season, please email us at info@fcarizona.com with your name, phone number, player name, parent name, and age group (specify boys or girls) and we will have a coach reach out to you within 24 hours. We want to make sure in these unusual times, all players are getting the consideration that they need.

Thank you,

Dave Rogers, Technical Director

 


Brandon Keniston Signed With USF Men's Soccer

Congratulations to ✨Brandon Keniston✨ for signing with USF Men’s Soccer. We want to thank you for the time, effort, and dedication you gave us all here at FC Arizona. We wish you great success. Thank you to Phoenix Rising Football Club for allowing us the opportunity to help in the development of a fantastic young man and goalkeeper. Check out the full article here