Williams: Melbourne feels like a second home

US Women’s National Team star Lynn Williams joined Victory’s Liberty A-League squad last week and is determined to set the team up for a Championship defence.

The 28-year-old forward is on loan from MLS club North Carolina until early-January.

A busy opening month of the season will provide Williams with an opportunity to shine for the defending champions and leave the team in a strong position to go back-to-back.

“I would love to help the team get in a position to go to the Grand Final,” Williams told media on Wednesday.

“I will take on any role as I like to consider myself a team player; if that’s sitting on the bench and being the best cheerleader I can be, I’ll do that; if that’s going out there and scoring goals, hopefully I can do that as well.”

Williams says her decision to sign with Victory was heavily swayed by her love for the city of Melbourne and the way she’s been treated by everyone at the Club.

“I feel like Melbourne is home to me,” she said.

“My partner is from here, so it definitely feels like a second home to me. It was important because of the pandemic for me to come back here so we can spend time together and also represent this city.

“I feel so at peace when I’m here in Melbourne and everyone I’ve talked to at the Club has been so gracious and amazing – how could you not want to be here?”

The American enjoyed a dominant stint at the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2019/20, scoring four goals in five appearances, and now returns for her second spell in the Liberty A-League.

She believes the league down under has grown since her last experience and can’t wait to play alongside talented Matildas pair Courtney Nevin and Kyra Cooney-Cross, who she recently competed against on national duties.

“I think they’re amazing players,” Williams said.

“I played against Courtney in the backline and thought she was very clinical and made great decisions.  Kyra can run with the ball, eliminate defenders on the dribble, find the right pass, and she’s got a great shot from outside the box.

“I think being young is their best attribute because they’re willing to soak up all the information and try anything. I think that’s the beauty of them; they’re young, they’re fun, and they give me a good laugh.

“I’m excited to play with them.”

Victory play cross-town rivals Melbourne City on Sunday at AAMI Park in Round 2 Liberty A-League action.