Richie Williams

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Richie Williams
Williams in 2003
Personal information
Full name Richard Williams
Date of birth (1970-06-03) June 3, 1970 (age 53)
Place of birth Middletown Township, New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Position(s) Midfielder
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Virginia Cavaliers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Buffalo Blizzard (indoor) 30 (10)
1993 Richmond Kickers
1993–1994 Ayr United
1994–1995 Richmond Kickers
1996–2000 D.C. United 143 (8)
2001 MetroStars 21 (0)
2002 D.C. United 26 (0)
2003 MetroStars 26 (0)
2004–2005 Richmond Kickers 53 (2)
Total 299 (20)
International career
1989 United States U20
1992 United States U23
1998–2002 United States 20 (0)
Managerial career
2005–2006 Virginia Cavaliers (assistant)
2006–2011 New York Red Bulls (assistant)
2006 New York Red Bulls (interim)
2009 New York Red Bulls (interim)
2011–2012 United States U18
2012–2015 United States U17
2015–2016 Real Salt Lake (assistant)
2017–2018 United States (assistant)
2019 Loudoun United
2019– New England Revolution (assistant)
2023 New England Revolution (interim head coach)
Medal record
Representing  United States
Winner CONCACAF Gold Cup 2002
Men's Soccer
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Richard "Richie" Williams (born June 3, 1970) is an American soccer coach and former player.

Known for his diminutive height and his dogged tackling, Williams spent the vast majority of his playing career in the United States, playing one season in the National Professional Soccer League, two in USISL, two in the USL A-League, and eight in Major League Soccer, most notably for D.C. United. He also earned 20 caps for the United States national team.

As a player, he won national championships at the youth (Union NJ Lancers, McGuire Cup U-19 in 1988), college (University of Virginia, NCAA Champions in 1989, 1991 and 1992), and professional (DC United, MLS Cups in 1996, 1997 and 1999) levels.

Since the end of his playing career, Williams has been involved in coaching, including as head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team and as an assistant coach in Major League Soccer for the New York Red Bulls and the New England Revolution.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Williams was born in Middletown Township, New Jersey and attended Mater Dei High School.[1] Williams' career has been closely tied to Bruce Arena, former coach of the United States men's national team. Arena first coached Williams at the University of Virginia.[2] The two parted ways after Williams graduated. In 1992, Williams signed with Buffalo Blizzard in the National Professional Soccer League.[3] He played thirty games for the Blizzard during the 1992-1993 winter indoor season. In the spring of 1993, he signed with the Richmond Kickers of the USISL. That fall, he moved to Ayr United in Scottish Football League but then came back to the United States, signing with the Richmond Kickers of the USISL in 1994. Williams played two seasons with the Kickers, helping them to the 1995 U.S. Open Cup and USISL titles.

Major League Soccer[edit]

In February 1996, Williams was drafted by D.C. United head coach Bruce Arena in the fourth round of the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. Making up for his height with his ferocious shadowing of the opponent's top playmaker, he became an integral member of the early DC teams, helping them to three MLS Cup titles.

Williams was traded to MetroStars for Mike Ammann in 2001, spent a year there and was sent back to D.C. for Brian Kamler. His MLS career ended with the Metros in a trade with Eddie Pope and Jaime Moreno for Mike Petke, a draft pick, and an allocation before the 2003 season. Williams tallied just eight goals and added 33 assists in 216 regular season games in MLS (plus two goals and four assists in 26 playoff games).

Williams signed with his original American team Richmond Kickers which then played in the USL A-League, prior to the 2004 season, but left the club in September 2005 after disagreements with the coach Leigh Cowlishaw, and retired from playing shortly thereafter.

International career[edit]

Williams earned his first cap for the United States on November 6, 1998, against Australia, and went on to appear 20 times for the national team.

Coaching career[edit]

Williams spent several years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia, before being named an assistant coach with the MetroStars in January 2006. In June 2006, Williams was named interim head coach of the re-branded New York Red Bulls, and went back as assistant following former United States men's national soccer team head coach Bruce Arena's appointment with the club. He remained as the club's top assistant coach, until he was once again called on to serve as the club's interim coach replacing Juan Carlos Osorio for the remaining eight matches of the 2009 season. Williams was retained by Red Bulls as an assistant coach for the 2010 season before being abruptly fired just three weeks before the start of the 2011 MLS season.[1]

In October 2011, Williams was hired as the head coach of the U-18 national team.[4] Three months later he was named head coach of the United States men's national under-17 soccer team.[5] After the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Williams departed the program.[6]

In January 2019, Williams was hired as the head coach of Loudoun United FC in the USL Championship.[7] He left the team on May 30 to take a job as an assistant coach for the New England Revolution.[8]

In August 2020 during the “MLS is Back Tournament” in a COVID-shortened season, Williams assumed head coaching duties of the New England Revolution for three games (a win and a tie, extending the team’s unbeaten streak to eight games) while Bruce Arena served a temporary suspension.

On August 1, 2023, the New England Revolution announced that Bruce Arena was placed on administrative leave amid allegations of "insensitive and inappropriate remarks[9]"and that Williams would act as interim head coach pending a related league investigation. On September 12, 2023, it was announced that Clint Peay would be replacing Williams as interim head coach.[10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team From To Record
P W D L GF GA Win %
New York Red Bulls (interim coach) June 2006 August 2006 8 3 2 3 8 7 037.50
New York Red Bulls (interim coach) August 2009 October 2009 8 3 2 3 11 8 037.50
Loudoun United FC January 28, 2019 May 30, 2019 9 2 4 3 11 13 022.22
New England Revolution August 1, 2023 September 13, 2023 6 1 4 1 7 7 016.67
Total 31 9 12 10 37 35 029.03


D.C. United

Richmond Kickers

  • USISL Premier League Champions: 1995
  • US Open Cup Champions: 1995
  • James River Cup: 2004, 2005

United States



  1. ^ a b Giase, Frank. "Red Bulls fire longtime assistant coaches Richie Williams, Des McAleenan", The Star-Ledger, February 28, 2011. Accessed July 20, 2011. "Williams, a Mater Dei graduate who played eight years in MLS, including stints with the MetroStars in 2001 and 2003, was entering his sixth year as an assistant coach, but he has been much more important to the team than that."
  2. ^ "A World Cup for Richie Williams, better late than never". Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE FINAL OFFICIAL STATISTICS -- 1992-1993". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Richie Williams Named Head Coach of U-18 Men's National Team - U.S. Soccer". Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Richie Williams Named U.S. U-17 MNT Head Coach - U.S. Soccer". Archived from the original on January 27, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "John Hackworth named United States U-17 head coach". Retrieved December 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "Richie Williams named first coach of Loudoun United". January 28, 2019.
  8. ^ "Loudoun United Announces Departure of Williams". Loudoun County FC. May 30, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Johnson, Bailey (August 1, 2023). "Bruce Arena placed on leave amid allegations of 'inappropriate remarks'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved August 2, 2023.
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  11. ^ All-Star Game flashback, 1997 at
  12. ^ "1999 MLS All-Star Game". July 17, 1999. Retrieved July 27, 2023.

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