Maryland men’s soccer has produced its fair share of successful United States national team players. Graham Zusi has made 55 appearances for the Americans, while Omar Gonzalez sits at 48 and Taylor Twellman appeared in a U.S. shirt 30 times before becoming a brutally honest analyst.
The latest former Terp to make an impact representing his country is Eryk Williamson. While the midfielder has yet to make an appearance with the senior national team, he’s already showing what he can do at youth levels.
Back on March 3, he delivered an absolutely cracking goal in the U.S. U20 men’s national team’s game against El Salvador.
HOW THO?! Unreal @erykw19 strike from distance ???????????? pic.twitter.com/QGXctpihxB
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) December 26, 2017
This was quite the impressive goal — it proved to be decisive in the 2-1 win for the Americans, which earned them a spot in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and it made Williamson into something of an internet sensation in the process. That’s probably why Williamson’s goal was voted the best of the year for the United States’ youth teams.
No wrong answer here. Vote for Best Youth National Team Goal of 2017! — U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) December 26, 2017
Williamson — who’s decided to go pro after three seasons in College Park — has not yet cracked the senior men’s national team. But if he can keep scoring goals like that, he could be the next former Terp to find success representing his country at the next level.