OU Defender Wilfred Williams drafted by Sporting KC

Simon Albaugh , Social Media Editor

Defender Wilfred Williams of Oakland soccer has been drafted to Sporting the Kansas City soccer team.

Picked in the fourth round (fourth round, 82 overall), Williams’ career at both Eastern Florida State and Oakland University describes him well. With 17 games starting in 2016 and his first assist at Oakland being for the game-winning goal.

Majoring in sports management, the Liberian-born defender came to Oakland because of the home atmosphere and his perfect fit in the soccer program. But all good things must find a new beginning, and Williams has his in front of him.

“It’s an honor to be selected,” Williams said. “This is a new beginning for me.”

Williams also garnered a notable piece of fame around Oakland for his charity work helping children enjoy a better Christmas. By fundraising and buying toys for his annual “Christmas Project,” Williams was able to give an enjoyable Christmas to local children.

Williams has appeared at a number of clinics across the country, even hosting his own in Johnson City, Tenn. to help fund his Christmas Project.

Four other Michigan players have been selected in the draft, coming from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and two from Western Michigan University.

Williams is the second player from Oakland to be drafted by a Major League Soccer team, behind Jason Perry of the LA Galaxy.

Preseason training starts Jan. 21 in Scottsdale, Arizona for Williams and Will Bagrou, another senior from Mercer University who was drafted to Kansas. The second leg of preseason training starts on Feb. 9.