Former Eastern Florida Soccer Player Wilfred Williams Drafted by Sporting KC in MLS draft
By Michael Parsons, Eastern Florida State Sports // January 30, 2018
helped lead Titans to 15-2-2 record, Conference title
ABOVE VIDEO: Former Eastern Florida State College men’s soccer player Wilfred Williams went onto to play at Oakland University. (Oakland University Video)
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Former Eastern Florida State College men’s soccer player Wilfred Williams was drafted by Sporting KC with the 82nd pick of the MLS Superdraft.
Williams was a first-team All-American and captain at Eastern Florida State College in the 2015-16 season, leading them to the NJCAA National Semifinals and also received the 2016 Heart of a Titan award. The defender went on to play with Oakland University where he assisted on three goals in 34 games as a defender for the Grizzlies.
He becomes the second former EFSC men’s soccer player to be drafted in the Major League Soccer draft.
“Wilfred is an amazing example to all Junior College athletes that with determination, hard work and a positive attitude your goals and dreams can come true,” Eastern Florida State College men’s soccer coach Oliver Twelvetrees said.
“He is one of the hardest working players I’ve ever worked with and I know he will make the most of this amazing opportunity with Sporting KC.”
Williams was training with Next Level Training when he found out his name had been called and is excited to begin his professional career.
“It’s a nice feeling to be considered a pro but honestly, I haven’t earned that yet,” Williams said on Monday. “I’ve worked hard to get to this point but I need to work even harder to stay here.”
The 21-year-old from Monrovia, Liberia said that he learned a lot during his time with the Titans where he started all 19 games and helped them to a 15-2-2 record and a Region 8 Conference title.
“In college I had to grind day in and day out. I had to be very disciplined with taking care of my body because we played 20-plus games in a short period of time,” Williams said. “So in order for me to stay at the next level, I have to continue to take good care of my body.”
Two-time All-American Ivan Magalhaes was drafted in the second round in 2016 by Houston and is the center back for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the United Soccer League.
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