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Local Hero Williams Picked up by Union

The Philadelphia Union announced yesterday the signing of Massachusetts native Sheanon Williams.  Williams, a defender, was signed to the Union from the USL-2’s Harrisburg City Islanders.

Originally from the Boston Area, Williams attended The Rivers School in Weston, MA before going on to play college soccer at the University of North Carolina.  However, William’s college career with the Tarheels was truncated after he decided to pursue a professional contract overseas following the completion of his freshman year.

Despite a trial with Germany’s Vfl Wolfsburg, Williams was unable to reach a deal and subsequently returned to the United States in 2009.  Williams was picked up by the Carolina Dynamo of the USL Premier League where in 12 appearances he scored 6 goals.  In 2010, Williams trained with the New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake before joining the Islanders, where since his arrival he has scored thrice in 19 appearances.

During Williams’ youth career, he played with U-17 US National Team and played at the 2007 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament and the U-17 World Cup in Korea.  Williams eventually moved onto the U-20 team, where he represented the Stars and Stripes at the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

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