Soccer: Union Stays Local With Top Supplemental Draft Pick

CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — After taking a goalie, Zac MacMath, with their top in last week’s MLS SuperDraft (see previous story), the Philadelphia Union went for a young midfielder with their first-round pick in Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft.

With the fifth overall pick, Philadelphia nabbed La Salle University midfielder Ryan Richter.  Richter was the Atlantic-10 Offensive Player of the Year as a senior at La Salle.

How did he learn his name had been called?

“I was actually about to start playing a game of pick-up and I got a call from my coach — I guess they (the Union) called the La Salle soccer office — got a call from my coach right before the pick was announced.  He told me that they took me with the fifth overall pick.  And as I was on the phone with him I got about a hundred text messages,” Richter recalls.

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Richter led the A-10 with 14 goals and 30 points this past season, and he is looking forward to getting his shot in MLS.

“The MLS is a real physical, athletic league, and that’s my style of play,” he told KYW Newsradio.  “I’m a bigger guy for a soccer player, and I hope that that translates well into the game for me.  I’m hoping it’s a pretty smooth transition and hopefully I can do well.”

Richter is only the second La Salle product to be selected by an MLS squad in a draft.  The first was Cesidio Colasante.  He was picked in the 1997 MLS Draft by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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