Date of birth
Williams began his career at Karlsruhe before moving to Freiburg and then linking up with former Royal Gylfi Sigurdsson at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in 2011.
A regular with Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States side (qualifying courtesy of a New York-born father), Williams made his 1899 Hoffenheim debut in September, grabbing an assist in a 4-0 beating of FSV Mainz.
He made 34 starts for the Bundesliga side before it was confirmed that the battle-hardy midfielder would join Reading, signing a four-year contract in June 2013.
Williams made his Royals debut on the opening day of the season as a substitute in our 2-1 win against Ipswich – named as one of US Soccer’s Young Male Athletes of 2012, Williams arrived at the club with great pedigree.
Upon joining the Royals he was tasked with helping regain promotion to the Premier League after we had suffered relegation from the Promised Land the season before.
The USA international netted his first goal for the club in a comfortable 3-0 win over Millwall, but overall, his 30 league appearances and three goals that season weren’t enough as the Royals finished seventh, missing out on a Play-off spot on the final day of the season.
So far Williams has yet to hit full steam at Reading, suffering minor injuries and knocks to his fitness has held him back from really getting his form going.
For sure the midfielder has become a favourite among the Royals’ fans, his dogged attitude and the fact that he leaves it all on the pitch has led to his name ringing out in his own version of that famous Yaya-Kolo chant.