Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Interview with Andy Williams of Real Salt Lake

Andy Williams, who has played with RSL since 2004, has his squad in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs.

They are set to take on the Seattle Sounders tonight in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Williams was born in Toronto, Ontario and has a unique take on Canadian soccer and the Montreal Impact starting play in 2012.

Read my interview with him by clicking the "read more" link below.

MLS related:
Q. What do you love most about your job?

A. The best thing about my job is being to go out each day and get paid to do something that I absolutely love, knowing that they're people out there that get up each day and despise what they do for work.

Q. What do you feel contributed most to the your team's regular season success this year?

A. Having that same core group of guys for the last 3 years has been the key for our success these last few years and hopefully it'll continue in the upcoming playoff run.

Q. Where do you see the MLS 7-10 years from now?

A. As for MLS in the next 10 years I hope to see us up to par or even better than the Mexican League play wise and pay wise even though I think we are getting pretty close on the play wise aspect. Also would love to see our games more each week on national TV and not just 1 game a week.

Q. Do you think we see teams in the southern/southeast portions of the US in the near future..or maybe a club in Edmonton, Canada?

A. Absolutely would love to see teams in the South and maybe 2 more in Canada. Eventually we could add a relegation/promotion system.

Montreal Impact/Canada soccer related:
Q. Do you like the Impact signing Jesse Marsch as head coach?

A. I think hiring Jesse will be awesome for The Impact. I've played with him and against him throughout the years in MLS. He knows the league inside out, knows what types of players you'll need to succeed and a great character on and off the field.

Q. What does it say about the league that there will now be three different teams in Canada?

A. Having 3 teams in Canada is a HUGE plus for the league. The fans there love their soccer and it will only continue to benefit MLS and solidify the league worldwide.

Q. How extensively do you follow the Canadian Men's National team?

A. I don't really the National team unless [my RSL teammate] Will Johnson is playing.

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