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.
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:
New England 0-Joe Public 4 (Joe Public win 6-1 on aggregate)
The Revs got humiliated in Foxboro at the hands of the Trinidad and Tobago club. Devastated by injuries up front and fatigue at the back, New England but on a good display of the lack of depth that MLS clubs are restricted to due to the salary cap. But that’s really no excuse when you consider Joe Public FC’s funding and newness; aside from injuries, the Revolution have to admit that they just played poorly. Maybe an MLS team ought to look at Guyana International strker Gregory Richardson. The 26 year-old scored an away hat trick to lead the way for the Lions.
Chivas USA 1-Tauro FC 1 (Tauro win 3-1 on aggregate)
Chivas’ effort should probably be celebrated as a little stronger than New England’s, but they had more ground to make up, and eventually missed opportunities caught up to them. Roberto Nurse scored early for the Goats, and plenty of near misses, including a missed penalty by Sacha Kljestan. In the 51st minute, Jonathan Bornstein’s second yellow signaled a drop to 10 men for Chivas, which would lead to a goal from Tauro’s Luis Moreno 12 minutes later, putting Tauro up 3-1 on aggregate- enough to advance.