Celebrating Women’s History Month “Lynn Williams”
Lynn Raenie Williams (born May 21, 1993) is an American professional soccer player who plays for the Kansas City Current in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States, national team. She previously played for Western New York Flash and Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory in the Australian A-League Women.
Williams received her first call-up to the United States women’s national team in October 2016 for a pair of friendlies against Switzerland, following a breakout 2016 NWSL season. On October 19, she received her first cap. Williams came on as a second-half substitute and scored the team’s fastest debut goal in team history, scoring 49 seconds after entering the game. Kealia Ohai broke her mark four days later when she scored 48 seconds after entering the game.
Williams was picked to the 2017 SheBelieves Cup squad in 2017, and she scored the game-winning goal in the US’s 1–0 triumph over Germany. Her goal was the only one scored by the United States in the tournament, as they finished last. Williams has been selected to represent the United States at the 2017 Tournament of Nations.
Williams was named to the roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, in which the United States competed. For the second year in a row, WNT has won the competition. Williams appeared in the squad’s first four games of the season, including all three SheBelieves Cup games, but quickly dropped off the radar of the national team. In April 2018, she was called up for a pair of friendlies against Mexico, however she didn’t play in either match. Williams was named to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship provisional squad of 35 players, but was not named to the final 20-player team.
Williams was called up to the national squad again in late 2019, after incoming head coach Vlatko Andonovski took over for a retiring Jill Ellis. She made her first appearances in 20 months in both of the team’s November friendly against Sweden and Costa Rica. Williams scored five goals and added five assists in her first five games back with the team, which included the CONCACAF Olympic qualification competition.
Williams was named to the United States Olympic team for the 2020 Summer Olympics on June 23, 2021.
SheBelieves Cup: 2018; 2020, 2021; 2022
CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament: 2020
Olympic Bronze Medal: 2021
Western New York Flash
NWSL Champions: 2016
North Carolina Courage
NWSL Champions: 2018, 2019
NWSL Shield: 2017, 2018, 2019
NWSL Golden Boot: 2016
NWSL Most Valuable Player: 2016
NWSL Best XI: 2016
NWSL Second XI: 2018
Hermann Trophy finalist: 2014