24 October 2011
The new appointments keep rolling in, news broke today that the men's U-18's have a new head coach as Richie Williams has been given the reigns.
Along with fellow new appointees Tab Ramos and Caleb Porter, Williams also has also been a member of the U.S. National Team with his most prestigious moment coming when he was a part of the 2002 U.S. squad that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Along with his national team success, Williams has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success at the MLS level. During his playing days in the MLS, Williams won three MLS cups and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles.
As for Richie's coaching experience, his most recent gig was with the NY Red Bulls, where he was an assistant coach for three years and an interim head coach for two years.
Williams expressed his gratitude to the U.S.S.F and had this to say about the prospect of cultivating young talent and working with the likes of Klinsmann, Ramos, and Porter.
"I’m excited about the prospect of helping our young elite players develop their abilities and move them in the direction of progressing to our other national teams. By working together with Jurgen Klinsmann, Caleb Porter and Tab Ramos, we will have an integrated approach in developing players who will fit in with our style of play,” said Richie Williams
Looks to be another good hire by the U.S.S.F, Richie has been around the league for a long time, both as a player and coach. He knows the system well and understands the tactics of the game very well. The U.S. is lucky to have him considering the fact he could still be the Red Bulls coach, but that is a story for another day. Congrats to Richie and the U.S.S.F, this looks to be another promising move for the future of U.S. soccer.