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U.S. international Danny Williams cannot catch a break

Nov 12, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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We probably could also have headlined this one, “Danny Williams … remember him?”

In some parallel universe, we might be discussing Williams as a potential World Cup starter for Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. national team. Don’t forget, the tough and talented midfielder was a U.S. starter in important qualifiers just more than a year ago.

As it is, the guy just cannot catch a break, injury-wise, and he is losing a race to get back into the national team picture.

Williams, 24, moved from Germany’s Hoffenheim to England’s Reading during the summer. He was just finding his feet following an injury-troubled summer (we talked about it here) when health issues set in anew.

After more than a month on the injury shelf, Williams was back at training and about to challenge for his spot once again. Then … alas, yet another injury setback.

But for the litany of injuries, Williams would probably be second on Klinsmann’s depth chart at holding midfielder, behind only Jermaine Jones.

  1. ojom4130 - Nov 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Never got a chance to see D. Williams play his best position DM. When Klinsmann put him on the wing he was horrible, below, way below MLS players.

    • bear06 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:52 AM

      The reason Williams was put on the wing was for defensive purposes and he was decent. Also Williams did play at DM his best position a couple of times last year and he played very well.

  2. dfstell - Nov 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I hope he gets his health back in order. I recalled liking him as a defensive midfielder and he might still have some role there for the US in the future. He’s younger than Jermaine Jones and Beckerman. My recollection was that he looked a LOT better against the weaker national teams like Jamaica and struggled more than you’d like against the better teams where the other side was more technical than him and he didn’t have the athletecism of Jones to make up for it.

  3. pmacd82 - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    With Jones poised to be the man in 2014, Williams needs only to look at his fellow German-American to see that the door can be very wide open 4 years later, considering Jones just missing out on 2010.

    • bear06 - Nov 13, 2013 at 4:54 AM

      Jones missed out on the 2010 WC because of an injury that took him out for a couple of months, if he was healthy he would of easily made the WC roster and a starter.

      • braxtonrob - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        @bear, You must be talking about Cobi Jones, because Jermaine Jones was not going to make that team. (Once again, your assessment of the game is severely lacking.)

      • bear06 - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        Are you serious or trolling? You are more ignorant than what I first thought. If Jones was healthy he would have easily made the WC roster and become a starter, he would of been a big upgrade over Ricardo Clark.

  4. braxtonrob - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    We need this guy to get healthy, fast!

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