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Guyanese Signed By Carolina Soccer Squad

CaribWorldNews, RALEIGH, N.C., Thurs. July 9, 2009: Guyanese soccer forward, Gregory Richardson, has been snapped up by a Carolina team.

The Carolina RailHawks have signed the Guyanese international forward pending U.S. Soccer Federation approval, the club announced Wednesday.

Richardson began his professional career in 2005-06, playing with Beacon and Pele FC in Guyana. In 2007, he signed with Joe Public FC of the Trinidad & Tobago Pro League. He led the team to the 2008 First Citizens Cup, scoring four goals in four games, and he was the top goal scorer and MVP of the tournament. He made a name for himself and Joe Public in the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League when he scored five goals in four matches.

He also played for the Guyana Golden Jaguars at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels before making his senior international debut in a 1-0 win over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Jan. 13, 2008. Richardson appeared in seven matches for Guyana in 2008, scoring three goals, including two in last year`s Caribbean Championships.

In January, Richardson went on trial with Toronto FC and appeared in three preseason matches for TFC. In February, he was traded to the Colorado Rapids, where he remained until June 26, when he was waived.

Richardson had been on trial with the RailHawks since last Thursday.

`It`s been nice,` Richardson said of his time with the RailHawks so far. `I like the players, the coach, getting a chance to play now. Everything has been good. It`s just the chance I need.`

`He`s good at dribbling at people one-v-one, and against some of these teams, you have to have someone who can do that,` said Carolina coach Martin Rennie. `And he can score goals, as well.`