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Rapids deal for Richardson
February 26, 2009, 9:19 AM
Filed under: Colorado Rapids, Gregory Richardson, Toronto FC, Trade

The Colorado Rapids have spent a good portion of the off-season trying to find another forward to complement strikers Conor Casey and Omar Cummings and the Rapids may have finally found their man.

The Rapids struck a deal with Toronto FC, sending an undisclosed 2010 draft pick (believed to be in the first two rounds) to Toronto in exchange for the rights to Guyanese forward Gregory Richardson, sources with knowledge of the deal told SBI on Thursday. Richardson had been on trial with Toronto FC, which held the top Discovery Claim on the him, but TFC ultimately decided to deal the MLS rights to Richardson to the Rapids.

A striker who most recently played for Trinidad & Tobago club Joe Public, Richardson first rose to prominence in MLS circles when he scored an impressive hat-trick against New England in Joe Public’s 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League win at Gillette Stadium last September. His combination of speed and skill had a long list of teams interested in his services, but Toronto ultimately landed his rights and dealt them to the Rapids after choosing not to keep him following an extended trial.

There is no word yet on whether Richardson has agreed to a contract with the Rapids, but the fact that a deal was completed suggests that a deal has either already been reached, or should be reached soon.

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TFC to sign Richardson
February 18, 2009, 8:13 AM
Filed under: Gregory Richardson, MLS Preseason, Signing, Toronto FC

Guyana national striker Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson is set to become the first Guyanese to play in the US Major League Soccer (MLS) as he wrapped up his one week training session with the team in Miami, Florida.

Speaking to Stabroek Sport from New York where he was meeting former Guyanese broadcaster and journalist Gary Tim, along with Garth Nelson who was instrumental in his overseas accomplishments, Richardson said, “Soon I will make my country proud.” He said it’s just a matter of time before he is signed to Toronto FC and after one week training with the team in Florida he is looking forward to returning with them next week.

“Playing here is great so far. I’m a football player so I know how to adjust and what I have to do when so ever I go out on the field. I was asked to stay one more week, but things will be made legit in a few weeks, so I will be making my people proud soon,” the striker said. “First I had a slight problem adjusting to the different climate but then it was good for me, but words can’t really express how I feel and I will continue to work hard to make my dream a reality,” Richardson said.

Eight players tried out with the club for one week and Richardson and an African player were asked to stay on for another week. The team returned to Canada but Richardson remained in Miami since he does not hold a Canadian visa. However, he is expected to rejoin the club when they return to Miami for their pre-season training.

Meanwhile, Nelson said Richardson’s tenure with the club is practically a done deal. He said they asked him to stay on after sending home players who had played at some of the highest levels in world football. “They know what Gregory has to offer and according to the coach he has blend in really well with the system they have at the club. So I see him being signed in a matter of two weeks or so and I know how much it will mean for him knowing how much he has given to football,” he said. Further, Nelson said senior players on the team have also been advocating for Richardson as they enjoy playing with him. Among those is Canadian international player Dwayne De Rosario who is of Guyanese parentage.

Richardson said that De Rosario who is a popular figure in Canadian football, had been very supportive during his stint. “I know I will make it so right now I’m happy to be here and even happier to stay,” Richardson said. He has been featured in all the club’s four games played during the one week camp but did not score although he had had several opportunities to do so.

Twenty-six-year-old Richardson came to prominence last year during the CONCACAF club Champ-ionship with his Trinidad and Tobago Pro-League club Joe Public when he devastated MLS top club New England Revolution scoring four goals in his club win. He also single-handedly ripped apart several other top clubs in the tournament. Several international news agencies linked the striker with moves to New England Revolution and other top MLS clubs including Columbus Crew and San Jose Earthquake.

A buoyant Richardson had also told reporters after he had just helped Pele win the million-dollar first prize in the Kashif and Shanghai Tournament, that he had nothing more to accomplish on the local scene. He had said too he planned to move further afield.

Toronto FC will open their 2009 MLS season on March 21 against the Kansas City Wizards. Richardson hopes to don the club’s colours on that day.

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Richardson impresses in TFC’s win
February 11, 2009, 1:06 PM
Filed under: Gregory Richardson, MLS Preseason, Toronto FC

Guyana’s ace striker Gregory “Jackie Chan” Richardson was impressive playing his first game for Toronto FC who  claimed a 2-1 win over the USA U-20 side Sunday last in Bradenton, Florida.

The Pele and Joe Public striker, who is on a week-long try out with the Canadian Major League Soccer (MLS) side, came on as a substitute and, according to reports reaching Stabroek Sport, was “remarkable”  with his performance on the pitch.

He made a few good runs at goal but was not successful in finding the back of the net, coming close on a few occasions.

Richardson is aiming to become the first Guyanese to play in the MLS. He got in the limelight after a sensational performance for his Trinidad and Tobago pro-league club Joe Public in the CONCACAF champions league last year.

He will be remembered for his dramatic performances against leading MLS club New England Revolution in the USA, where he netted four of his five goals in the competition.

Richardson has played on almost every national team for Guyana since first playing at the U-17 level. His first game at the international level was against the Netherlands Antilles where he netted a double in Curacao. The striker later became a regular feature on Guyana’s scorecard ever since and his performances only got better over the years.

Even though Guyana did not do too well on the international circuit, 2008 certainly was the year for “Jackie Chan” to shine.

According to the striker, prior to his departure it was through hard work and dedication that he found himself on the brink of becoming the first Guyanese to play in the US professional league. The diminutive forward earned a reputation for himself last year after a splendid run in the Trinidad and Tobago pro-league.

Meanwhile, local fans got a chance to see the striker in action in the Kashif and Shanghai football tournament which ended on New Year’s Day where he played for his local side Pele. Richardson had netted in every game except the final for his club and it was evident that he was unstoppable on the field.
In several interviews with various sections of the media, Richardson noted that he has nothing more to accomplish on the local scene and so his eyes are set on landing a professional contract beyond the Caribbean.

Since word got out that the player would be on a week-long try out with the Toronto Football Club, his name instantly became a buzz on the MLS and Toronto FC websites along with several soccer blogs.

But before his move to have a shot at MLS with Toronto FC, several news agencies abroad linked the striker to moves to New England Revolution and other top MLS clubs Columbus Crew and San Jose Earthquake after his excellent showing in the CONCACAF champions League and in the T&T pro-League.

Toronto FC will continue their pre-season training in Florida and will begin their MLS season in March.

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