Williams Signs with Dayton Dutch Lions FC
Matt Williams

Feb. 27, 2012

CINCINNATI – Former University of Cincinnati men's soccer goalkeeper Matt Williams (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) signed with the Dayton Dutch Lions FC of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) this week.

“I couldn’t be happier right now,” Williams said. “I’ve dreamed about becoming a professional soccer player since I first started playing and to continue my career is something very special to both me and my family. I just really want to thank the coaching staff at UC.”
During his time at UC, Williams posted 20 shutouts in 52 matches, which ranks second on UC’s career shutouts list. He also holds the school record for goals against average, posting 0.68 in 2010 en route to earning all-BIG EAST third-team honors.  A three-year starter, Williams helped the Bearcats to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals as a senior.

The Dayton Dutch Lions are members of the Premier Development League, the top U23 men's league in North America. The USL Premier Development League (USLpro) features 64 teams within four conferences across the United States and Canada. The USLpro provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. The USL Premier Development League has proven to be an important stepping stone for top professionals now playing around the world. For more information on the Lions, who are entering their third season as an expansion PDL franchise, visit www.dutchlionsfc.com.