- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 26, 2009
- 8 Comments
- Discovery Claims, Gregory Richardson, Trades
A deal that could finally make Colorado’s offense a good one. The Rapids are set to complete a deal with Toronto FC to land Guyanese forward Gregory Richardson, according to SBI earlier today.
Colorado will send an undisclosed 2010 draft pick in exchange for the top discovery rights to sign Richardson. The former Trinidad & Tobago club Joe Public striker had been on trial with the Reds but Toronto decided to deal the striker’s MLS discovery rights rather than to sign him.
You may recall Richardson’s rise to fame 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. That hat-trick put Richardson on the MLS map.
Richardson still hasn’t signed with the Rapids but seeing as how he has been traded away from Toronto can of tells me he will sign a deal pretty soon.
My wonder with Richardson is will he really be MLS ready? Sure he had a hell of a game back in the fall against a very injury depleated New England squad. That was only a single game. My worry is that game went too far with most MLS clubs that looked at him. I know Toronto was quick as always to put their discovery tag on him but I think looking at it now they always wanted to deal him away regardless.
What do you make of Richardson possibly joining the Rapids this year? Will he be the piece to the puzzle that Gary Smith has been looking for all along here?