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Fuel Soccer Talk: Lynn Williams – from playing up a level in club to the highest level; Celebrating DaMarcus Beasley; Meet beach volleyball keeper Chris Toth

Lynn Williams continues her impressive climb up the ladder

Lynn Williams was a name that began to make the rounds a few years ago as one of those young American players to keep an eye on. And she has done nothing to change the narrative. In fact, she is taking her game to another level in her quest to play at the highest level. Williams scored two goals off of the bench to help the United States Women’s National Team extend their unbeaten streak to 23 games with a 6-0 thrashing of Costa Rica in a soccer friendly on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

Williams, 26, has already made 19 U.S. appearances and scored four goals and was with the national team in 2018.

“Lynn Williams did what she was asked to do,” U.S. Coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “Come off the bench, provide a spark and stretch the lines for us, and ultimately what every nine [striker] is expected to do: score goals. She checked all the boxes.”

A native of Fresno, Calif., Williams was a standout for four years at Pepperdine University.

Williams played club soccer with the East Fresno Fusion for three years after playing for both CVSA (two years) and Bullard Valley FC (three years). She won a state championship and was a regional quarterfinalist with the Fusion as a U-19 player. “I loved it there,” she said of the Fusion. “We had an amazing coach. And I got to play with some amazing teammates. And that’s actually where I was seen to get to go and play college. So I owe them a lot.”

The Fusion only had one club team so Williams had to play up a level for three years. And now she’s playing at the ultimate level.

U.S. Soccer Federation to celebrate contributions of DaMarcus Beasley

History is important – whether it’s storming the beach at Normandy, or how exactly we put a man on the moon, or learning how Michael Jordan became Michael Jordan. We learn from history. And young soccer players can be better players and people by learning about the great players of the past. The U.S. Soccer Federation will celebrate the contributions of USMNT legend DaMarcus Beasley in a pre-game ceremony ahead of the USA-Canada Concacaf Nations League clash on Friday, Nov. 15 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

DaMarcus Beasley is a name very soccer player and fan should not only know but appreciate and understand. Having earned more than 100 caps and representing the U.S. Men’s National Team at four different FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014), Beasley matched his strong international career with an impressive club resume. One of the most well-traveled USMNT players ever, he played professionally in six different countries – the USA (Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo), Netherlands (PSV Eindhoven), England (Manchester City), Scotland (Rangers), Germany (Hannover 96) and Mexico (Puebla).

Beasley became the first American to appear in the UEFA Champions League Semifinals when he lined up for PSV Eindhoven against AC Milan in 2004, and would go on to win 13 pieces of hardware during his club career, including two league titles each with PSV (2004-05, 2005-06) and Rangers (2008-09, 2009-10).

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team wins on PKs – Meet keeper Chris Toth

The U.S. Men’s Beach Soccer National Team defeated Argentina 3-2 on penalty kicks after drawing 3-3 in a friendly match played at the Argentine Football Association Training Complex in Ezeiza. The match was the first of three the USA will play in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which begins Nov. 21 in Paraguay. The teams will meet again on Friday in the USA’s last match before its World Cup opener on Nov. 21 against Switzerland.

Beach soccer looks like a blast to play and it certainly can’t hurt in developing skills for out on the pitch – so here is a pitch to try beach soccer. Of course, it’s important to be located near a beach.

Here is a great little feature on U.S. goalie Chris Toth. Even the goalie drills look like fun.

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