Brian Sciaretta checked in with Hoffenheim midfielder Danny Williams, the latest German product to be called up by the U.S. national team.
Williams was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, and is the son of a German mother and an American father who served in the U.S. military. Although born a U.S. citizen he never went through the process to
secure his U.S. passport until this past week when he was invited to play with the U.S. national team.
His arrival in the U.S. camp for Saturday's friendly against Honduras in Miami Gardens marks his second visit to the USA. This past June, Williams decided to use the Bundesliga offseason to visit the United States for the first time in his life. While in Florida he felt very connected to the American culture and way of life. He took in the NBA finals in Miami and it was there he met his current girlfriend. It was also during this time that he became focused on playing for the United States over Germany, which he had represented at the U-15 level.
"This past summer when I went to the States, it became my dream to play for the United States," the 22-year-old Williams said. "I really felt connected to this country. When I was in Miami, everyone thought I was American because the way I looked and acted. In Germany, the people see me as a foreigner. Everyone knew that one of my parents [came] from another country. But I feel so connected to the United States after being there and I'm honored to play for them."
Williams' father, who was born in North Carolina, accompanied Danny to the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt last week where he picked up his passport. "He was so, so proud of me. He said he loved it that his son now has an American passport. He is incredibly looking forward to me playing for the U.S. national team. When I was younger I always thought about having two passports but growing up I was so busy with soccer everything got sidetracked and we didn't focus on it. He told me how happy he was that I now had a U.S. passport and that I would play for the country he was born and served."