Been wondering where Joe Public Guyanese forward and Champions League stalwart Gregory Richardson is going to end up playing next season? The answer is simple: Joe Public.
After a fantastic showing in the Champions League against New England, Richardson not only disappeared in that contest, but also only managed 3 league goals all season long in the TT Pro League, failing to make the T&T Express season All-Star team.
Richardson is 26 years old, meaning his days are probably numbered as a striker that relies heavily on pace. After a few outstanding performances, 2008 was turning into a make or break year for Richardson’s chances to move on to MLS. With the buzz that momentarily surrounded him completely gone now, it looks as if Richardson didn’t quite make it.
Edit: Richardson has signed with Colorado, but has not yet earned a spot on the bench for any of the Rapids’s matches. Perhaps he’ll see action in the U.S. Open Cup.
After a 2-1 Joe Public FC victory over New England and a 2-0 Chivas USA loss at the hands of Tauro FC, both MLS sides need to regroup with better home efforts in their second legs (both September 2) if MLS is going to have solid representation in the Group Stage of the competition.
Neither the Revs nor the Goats really have good excuses for their First Leg performances, outside of traveling and hostile environments, but if MLS is really going to be a top-flight league with world-class talent, they have to be able to knock of the top clubs from other CONCACAF nations. The United States can dominate CONCACAF international play, and when most Central American countries’ domestic teams are made up of their international players, that can only speak to the weakness of MLS as a league. Either teams aren’t preparing well enough, don’t have the depth to compete in multiple competitions (the salary cap puts a huge hindrance on the abilities of clubs to have enough players), or too much domestic American talent is leaving MLS, thus watering down the talent pool.
It must be said that Chivas USA is depleted as it is, with the recent departure of Brad Guzan and Sacha Kljestan’s mind possibly on a European move. Still, Chivas is in a playoff position in MLS, and should be able to show that the parity-obsessed league still retains competitive bite when it travels outside US borders.