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Player Profile: Ryan Richter

Posted on 03 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Midfielder/Forward

Number: 23

College: La Salle

Birthdate: April 12, 1989

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 175

Hometown: Southampton, PA

Acquired: Drafted by the Philadelphia Union with the 5th overall pick of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft.

College Stats

2007-2010 with La Salle: 28 goals, 13 assists

Did you know?

Out of his 28 goals for La Salle, 21 of them were scored in his junior and senior seasons. He was named Offensive Player of the Year in the Atlantic 10 during his senior season (14 goals). His goal tally lands him 5th on La Salle’s all-time scoring list.

In high school, was a three year starter in basketball as well as the placekicker for the football team at William Tenent HS.

Richter excelled in the offseason with the Ocean City Nor’easters (then the Barons) of the USL’s Premier Development League. He featured over 40 times, scoring 11 goals.

Quote from the Warminster Patch, “I love the area and didn’t want to go anywhere else, so being picked by the Union is the best thing that could’ve happened to me,” said Richter. “I went to five Union games last year, and I’m a huge fan of the team. It’s a great environment and it is wild to go from watching them from the stands, to being on the field with all these great players.”

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Union latch onto more local talent

Posted on 18 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union are filling up their roster with local talent and though the odds are against them, there has been significant contributors found in past Supplemental Drafts. With the 5th pick of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, the Union selected Southampton, PA and La Salle midfielder Ryan Richter. In the 2nd round, they grabbed the versatile defender/midfielder Josh Walburn, a Princeton Tiger. Last but not least, they selected Matt Marcin – a former FC Delco member and Wilmington, DE native.

From a November 2010 interview with CBS Philly, here is what Richter had to say about his strengths:

I just look at it as being a leader and hopefully setting the right example on the field for some of these guys for the future,” Richter says.  “It means a lot because I think people you are playing with start to look up to you a little bit in situations like that, so it’s good to be a leader on the field in that way.”Richter says his work ethic is what sets him apart.

“I work out every day, all summer, getting ready for a season,” he says.  “I can go for ninety minutes in the game, and I run as fast at the end of the game as I do in the beginning of the game.  I think it’s my work ethic, any coach I’ve had will tell you that.  I’m a hard worker.  Maybe not all the talent in the world, but I use everything that I have and I really do try my hardest.”

As for Josh Walburn. He’s a two-time All-Ivy selection, versatile, and has formidable size to provide depth in the back (6’2″). Here’s Joe Mauceri’s take on him (Pro Player Pipeline)

In 2010 against Brown, started – no comments; In 2010 against Adelphi, “The first goal was scored by senior midfielder Josh Walburn in the 13th minute. Senior left back Teddy Schneider drove a near post corner kick that Walburn headed into the upper 90. Very difficult shot for Holder to stop.” & “Walburn is adequate in the central midfield. He seems to have a good feel of the game”; In 2009 against Bucknell, “Junior midfielder Josh Walburn took a 35 yard shot that forced Caso to leap to tip the ball over the cross bar. In the 75th minute, Walburn stuck a blazing free kick from the same spot. This time Caso barely did the same thing, tipping the ball over the cross bar.”; In 2008 against Monmouth, started – but no comments;

And Mauceri’s take on the smaller Matt Marcin of Providence as well:

Matt Marcin (Providence) nice cross late in the game that went for a corner kick. had a couple of nice steals.  this is what I expected to see from him.  ; from 1/10/11 (adequate), plays hard defense, but was pushed off the ball by Campbell. Dispossessed Braga numerous times. Does not head the ball to a target.; From 1/8/11 (observe), I thought he didn’t play until I finally noticed near the end of the half that he had played the entire half. – Joe Mauceri, Pro Player Pipeline

This particular “leftover” Draft had been done away with ever since 2008 but now that it has returned, quality talent can be found from it. In 2008, New England grabbed goalscorer Kheli Dube AND the versatile Chris Tierney, who recently signed an extension. In 2007, it was future MLS Champion Kosuke Kimura taken in the third round by the Colorado Rapids and impressive RSL back-up keeper Kyle Reynish. Chris Wondolowski, Jeff Larentowicz, the Union’s Jordan Harvey were ALL Supplemental Draft picks. So there’s the possibility of finding a diamond in the rough but don’t expect much.

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