Just a few hours after I suggested that MLS sides may want to take a look at 26 year-old Joe Public FC forward Gregory Richardson after he tallied 4 goals and an assist over New England in two CONCACAF Champions League games, rumors are starting to surface about his communication with the Columbus Crew.
After Joe Public FC’s 4-0 win over New England to clinch a 6-1 victory on aggregate and to advance to the Group Stage of the Champions League, the Lions’ hat-trick hero, Gregory Richardson, was asked if he had any ambition of playing in MLS. Richardson said that he did, and that up to that point, Columbus had been the only team in contact with him. Although Columbus seems content with the attacking options that they have for now (Moreno and Schelotto, with Garey and Lenhart off the bunch), Schelotto is getting on in age, Head Coach Sigi Schmidt seems hesitant to use Garey, and Lenhart doesn’t seem likely to ever be more than a sub. Pat Noonan seems to be seen as more of a wing than a forward at this point.
Regardless of the Crew’s interest in landing Richardson, the Guyana international’s stock has definitely risen with a fine display over the 2008 Superliga Champions, and more goal-scoring in the Group Stage of the competition will only continue to propel his stock upward. So far, Gregory has shown that he has a great burst, is confident taking defenders on one-on-one, has good vision in the box, and has a clinical finishing touch.
The video below includes footage of his 3 goals and 1 assist over New England last night: