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Andrew Williams -Senior squad Andy Williams is one of Jamaica’s most talented and experienced players. His career started at Mona Preparatory School in Jamaica, and continued at St. Georges College where he was a standout on the school's Manning Cup team.

He was named Jamaica's MVP while representing the national U17 team in a 'Whiz' tournament against teams from countries such as Brazil and Italy. After finishing high school in Jamaica, Williams went on to attend the University of Rhode Island were he excelled at soccer. He ultimately became the University’s leading all-time scorer, with 52 goals and 45 assists. He was subsequently voted to the U.S. Soccer America Collegiate team of the decade, honoring the top eleven college players of the 1990s.

Andy, while still a youngster growing up in a middle class family in Jamaica, preferred tennis to football. But after being shown a few clippings of his dad, Bobby Williams, the youngster then set about to emulate his father who was an outstanding player for the Jamaican National football team in the '60s.

He was a member of the Jamaican U23 team that took part in the Pan American games last summer in Winnipeg, Canada. He also captained the Olympic squad in Mexico. Andy, nicknamed the 'Bomber' because of his explosive long range shooting, has been a member of the Jamaican squad since 1996. He was used initially as a forward, before being moved into the midfield by former Technical Director, Rene Simoes, as replacement for an injured Theodore Whitmore during the 1998 Gold Cup tournament.

He made useful contribution during the second phase of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, scoring two goals in the process. He was subsequently sidelined for months due to a shoulder injury, but recovered in time to be named to the squad that played in France. His playing time, however, was limited.

Andy's club career has seen him ply his trade in both Jamaica and the United States. In Jamaica he has turned out for Real Mona, a club in Jamaica’s lower division and NPL outfit, Harbour View FC. He joined MLS amidst controversy in 1998, after the completion of the World Cup. A number of teams stated their interest in acquiring his services, among them, the New England Revolution, the Miami Fusion, DC United and Columbus Crew. In the end he was allocated to Columbus Crew, with DC United officials stopping just short of accusing the MLS of favoritism. He made his league debut on July 29, 1998, in Miami versus the Fusion. He currently holds the MLS record of having at least one assist in each game, for seven consecutive games.

Williams is quite dangerous on the dribble and has the uncanny ability to remain calm when under pressure. He displays good ball handling and distribution skills. His experience and skill make him a valuable asset to the Reggae Boyz.
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     Fact File: Andrew Williams
    ALIAS Bomber
    DOB Friday, September 23, 1977
    POSITION Midfield/Forward
    CAPS 39
    CURRENT CLUB Chicago Fire
    PREVIOUS CLUB(s) NY/NJ Metrostars (MLS, USA 2002), New England Revolution, Miami Fusion (MLS, USA 1999) , Columbus Crew (MLS, USA 1998) ,Harbour View (NPL, JA) , Real Mona (JA)
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