Carolina Core FC Hires Head Scout

Post by Kristen Moore March 1, 2023

CAROLINA CORE, N.C. (March 1, 2023) - Carolina Core FC, an independent club that will join MLS NEXT Pro in 2024 and play its home matches at Truist Point hired Andy Williams as head scout. Andy will be responsible for driving the development, implementation, and operation of the club’s scouting program.

“We are excited to welcome Andy to the CCFC family. It was important for us to find someone with MLS scouting experience who already understood the complexities of building a talented roster while working within specific budgetary parameters,” Eddie Pope, Chief Sporting Officer.

Williams played soccer for the University of Rhode Island where he is still the team’s all-time leading scorer and part of the 40-40 club, having both 40 goals and 40 assists in his college career. 

After college, Williams joined Major League Soccer playing with the Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls), Chicago Fire - winning the Open Cup Championship in 2003, and finally Real Salt Lake - leading them to the MLS Cup in 2009.

With 97 caps and 13 goals, Williams was a committed leader on the Jamaica National team, where he played in the 1998 World Cup, brought home the Caribbean Cup in 2008, and was called back after retirement for the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. Williams finished his career with 50 total goals and 95 total assists.

Williams joins the team at Carolina Core FC with ample experience as a Technical Director with FC Arizona where he was responsible for the management and organization of the team as well as the day-to-day operations of the entire club. Subsequently, Williams led the scouting department for Real Salt Lake (RSL) where he scouted and procured international and domestic talent. Many of these players still play for RSL or have gone on to play throughout Europe and Latin America. In addition to his scouting responsibilities, Andy also served as the first team assistant under Head Coach, Jeff Cassar, from 2013-2015.

“We wanted a scout who could go beyond simply circling the best player on the field. Andy’s prolific playing experience provides him with the distinct ability to recognize the subtle nuances that separate good players from special players throughout all stages of development. I am looking forward to working alongside Andy as we continue to build out our technical staff for the upcoming 2024 season,” Eddie Pope.

Meet Andy Williams in person on April 15th at Radar Brewing Co. in Winston-Salem to kickoff Carolina Core FC’s ‘Core Tour’ event series where CCFC will be hitting the road in different areas in the core of North Carolina to connect with the community and gear up for their inaugural season. Deposits for season tickets are now open for the 2024 season - seat deposits start at $25.

Post by Kristen Moore
March 1, 2023