Bullard grad Williams stars in USA Soccer’s CONCACAF Title


U.S. forwards Lynn Williams, left, and Megan Rapinoe celebrate the goal by Williams during the first half of a CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying soccer match against Panama on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

CARSON, Calif. — Bullard High graduate Lynn Williams scored the Americans first goal, and set up the other two, as the U.S. women’s national team beat Canada 3-0 in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament final Sunday.

Williams put the Americans ahead 1-0 in the 60th minute, when she delivered a laser from the left side of the box into the Canadian net.

Williams helped set up the Americans second goal in the 71st minute, using her head to re-direct a cross into the box towards teammate Lindsey Horan, who controlled the ball and scored moments later.

Later, Williams got free in some open space off a Canadian turnover, and sent a pretty pass ahead to teammate Megan Rapinoe, who made it 3-0 USA in the 87th minute.

Williams’ goal was her third of the tournament, and ninth of her WNT career. It came in her 10th start and 25th cap.

Williams, 26, was left off the roster for last year’s U.S. World Cup win, and appears to be extra motivated to make the final roster for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“I don’t really think about the World Cup all the time. If I did, I think I would go into a mental spiral,” a laughing Williams told the Washington Post on February 6th. “But there is a part of me that says, ‘Well, I didn’t make the World Cup. They have something that bonds them for life, and I am just trying to break into that.’ ”

There were 20 total players on the roster for the qualifying tournament, and only 18 will be on the roster that participates in Tokyo.

The United States have played in every Olympics since women’s football was added to the programme in 1996, and had already qualified for the Olympics before Sunday’s game, after winning their CONCACAF qualifying semifinal 4-0 over Mexico on Friday.

Lynn comes from a well-known athletic family that has its roots in the Central Valley.

Her father David and mother Christine both ran track at Fresno State, and David played football for the Bulldogs as well. Two other uncles, Paul and J.D., also starred on the gridiron for Fresno State, and then later played in the NFL. Another uncle, Curtis, played football at Washington, but was tragically paralyzed during a game in 2000, and passed away a year and a half later.

J.D is a current football assistant coach at Fresno State, in charge of the cornerbacks, as well as the defensive pass game coordinator for the Bulldogs.

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