Loudoun United FC head coach Richie Williams has resigned his post to take a new job as an assistant to soccer hall of famer Bruce Arena, the coach of the New England Revolution.
“We want to thank Richie for his role in helping establish our USL Championship team in their inaugural season,” stated Dave Kasper, D.C. United general manager and VP of Soccer Operations, in the announcement of the transaction. “We wish him the best of luck in his next chapter with New England.”
Williams joined Loudoun United FC as its first head coach on Jan. 28. He started his coaching career as an assistant coach for his alma mater, the University of Virginia following his retirement as a professional player in 2005. The next year, he transitioned back into Major League Soccer after being named the New York/New Jersey MetroStars assistant coach in 2006. He was named interim head coach in 2008 and was in charge of the newly branded New York Red Bulls for eight matches in 2006. He also served as the team’s interim head coach in 2009 following the departure of Juan Carlos Osorio.
In 2011, Williams was hired as head coach of the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team and transitioned over to work with the U-17’s at the national level months later. Williams left USMNT following the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup and re-joined Major League Soccer as Real Salt Lake’s assistant coach in 2015.
Williams was also a member of the inaugural D.C. United roster in 1996. The midfielder made 191 MLS appearances for the team between 1996 to 2002, winning eight trophies including three MLS Cups, two MLS Supporters’ Shields, a CONCACAF Champions’ Cup, a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and an InterAmerican Cup. He was inducted into the D.C. United Hall of Tradition in 2011.
He also represented the U.S. Men’s National Team and earned 20 caps for his country between 1998 and 2002.