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Monday, September 24, 2012



A familiar face was seen at PPL Park twice this week.

Ryan Richter, the La Salle product from Southampton, Pa., is back with the Union as a trialist for the last two weeks, two sources confirmed.

“He’s here,” one said. “He’s a fun guy, and it’s been fun having him around again.”

A midfielder/forward, Richter spent the 2011 season with the Union despite playing only in friendlies and never in MLS competition. The Union did not pick up the 2012 option on the contract of Richter, the fifth overall selection in the 2011 supplemental draft. He was with D.C. United in February and March of this year as a trialist, though he was never signed.

Richter signed later in March with Charleston Battery, which went on to win the USL PRO championship this season. At Charleston, Richter played in 29 games with 19 starts, two goals and four assists in 1792 minutes, helping the Battery take down the Wilmington Hammerheads for the fourth title in franchise history.

It’ll be interesting to see whether the Union ink Richter to another deal. He’s got the flexibility to play any field position on the pitch and he might be worth taking a risk on.

“He just wants to play,” said one Union player. “He’ll do anything to get on the field and he wants to stay here with us.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

They couldn't sign him until January, so I'm thinking he's just hanging around staying fit, at least for the time being. As long as Hack doesn't force him into an unfamiliar role, it'd be nice to have Richter back.

September 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blah, blah, blah. We don't need an undefined "midfielder/forward" from a champion USL PRO team. We need a confident leader, a DP, someone who has played in Europe and knows what it takes to play serious football.

September 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM 
Blogger Dave Esposito said...

we need a already good proven striker. none of these question mark people. we've enough of them and we cant fuck around anymore. we need a striker who is currently scoring goals not a young kid who looks like he could.

September 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM 

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