He is is a prime example of how the unique relationship between the Harrisburg City Islanders and the Philadelphia Union has benefited the younger players on the Union. Since coming to the Union towards the ends of the 2010 campaign, right back Sheanon Williams has played an integral role on the defensive end.
Last season, the defense seemed to be Philadelphia’s stronghold but at times also struggled. Yet, this year with a healthy Bakary Soumare and Jeff Parke, the back line should be even better than it ever has been.
“I think the back line was strong in past and it will be even stronger this year,” Williams said, “I am excited for Jeff being here and can’t wait to have him back from US camp. The defense is looking forward to working with him and overall if backline stays strong there’s a good chance of winning games.”
Williams recalled his favorite memory since becoming a Union player. Even though the Union are only entering its fourth season, there has been many memorable moments. His favorite was making the playoffs in 2011.
“The first playoff appearance in 2011 was great. The support from the fans was phenomenal as it always is,” recalled Williams. “Sons of Ben are a great group of fans who are always willing to support the team and the various causes. They are like family.” Let’s clarify that while mayne Union fans might not sit in The River End, any supporter or fan of the Union are considered apart of the Sons of Ben.
Of the many causes the Sons of Ben support, they are currently supporting Miles for MJ. Miles for MJ was founded by Williams’ fiancée’s mother. The money raised goes to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Neurofibromatosis (NF) Program. His fiancée’s brother and father both have NF. For more information, join the Miles for MJ Facebook group.
It looks to be a bright season for Williams and the rest of the squad who are currently in the middle of preseason training.
“I tried to stay in shape [this offseason]. I worked at improving on all aspects of the game and really focused on becoming mentally better at the sport.”