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Dane Richards is a Jamaica
Jamaica
Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length, up to in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about south of Cuba, and west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states Haiti and the Dominican Republic...

n footballer who currently plays for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

.

Youth and college


Richards was a member of the youth system of Jamaican National Premier League
Jamaican National Premier League
The National Premier League, also known as the Jamaican National Premier League and, for sponsorship purposes, the Red Stripe Premier League, is the first division football league in the nation of Jamaica. Twelve teams currently compete in the league.The competition is divided in three stages in...

 side Seba United
Seba United F.C.
Montego Bay United Football Club is a Jamaican football club based in Montego Bay, which played in the Western Confederation Super League, when they were relegated from the Digicel Premier League for the first time in their storied history in season 2007-2008 having placed 11th. On June 1, 2011,...

 and while attending Cornwall College
Cornwall College, Jamaica
- History :Cornwall College is a public high school for boys located on 1, Orange Street in Montego Bay, St. James. It is the third oldest high school in the county of Cornwall. The school was started in 1896 at the Barracks Road in Montego Bay and was originally called "Montego Bay Government...

 in Montego Bay
Montego Bay
Montego Bay is the capital of St. James Parish and the second largest city in Jamaica by area and the fourth by population .It is a tourist destination with duty free shopping, cruise line terminal and the beaches...

, where he won the DaCosta Cup and Oliver Shield. He moved to the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 to play college soccer
College soccer
College soccer is a term used to describe association football played by teams who are operated by colleges and universities as opposed to a professional league operated for exclusively financial purposes...

 in 2003.

Richards played two years at San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College
San Jacinto College is a community college in the Greater Houston area in the U.S. state of Texas. Established in 1961, San Jacinto College originally consisted of the areas of Channelview ISD, Deer Park ISD, Galena Park ISD, La Porte ISD, and Pasadena ISD. The College now also serves Sheldon ISD,...

 in Houston, where he scored a record 45 goals in two years, including a school-record 25 as a sophomore.
He then moved on to Clemson University
Clemson University
Clemson University is an American public, coeducational, land-grant, sea-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States....

, where he led the team in scoring as a junior with 12 goals and nine assists. Richards scored the game-winning goal in three NCAA Tournament matches and scored in Clemson's 2-1 loss to New Mexico
University of New Mexico
The University of New Mexico at Albuquerque is a public research university located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the United States. It is the state's flagship research institution...

 in the College Cup semifinals. As a senior in 2006, Richards had 11 goals and nine assists in 19 games, as Clemson lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Richards was named a second-team all-American.

Professional


Richards was drafted in the second round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft
2007 MLS SuperDraft
The 2007 MLS SuperDraft, was held in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 12, 2007. It was the eighth annual Major League Soccer SuperDraft. The first selection belonged to expansion team Toronto FC.The SuperDraft was followed by the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft....

 by New York Red Bulls, establishing himself as the first team right winger for the club. On 5 May 2007, Richards scored his first MLS regular season goal in a 3-3 tie at Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake is an American professional soccer club based in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The team competes in Major League Soccer , the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. They currently play their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won...

. He concluded his first MLS season appearing in 28 matches, including 27 starts, in which he managed two goals and six assists. His assist total was second on the club and led all league rookies. At the conclusion of the season Richards was selected as one of three nominees for league rookie of the year honors.

Richards appeared in 23 MLS regular season matches in 2008, scoring 3 goals and recording 6 assists. In the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, Richards helped the Red Bulls to an upset over defending Champion Houston Dynamo (4-1 on aggregate). Richards tallied the club's first goal in a 3-0 rout in the second leg of the series in Robertson Stadium in Houston. He also drew a penalty and assisted on the third goal. In 2009, Richards appeared in 27 league matches scoring 3 goals.

On 20 March 2010, Richards scored the third goal for Red Bulls in a 3-1 victory against Santos FC, which was the first match played at the new Red Bull Arena. On 25 July 2010, Richards scored a goal in helping lead New York to a 2-1 victory against Manchester City in a friendly match. On 24 September 2010, Richards appeared in his 100th league match for New York and helped lead the club to a 2-0 victory in The Home Depot Center
The Home Depot Center
The Home Depot Center is a multiple-use sports complex located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. It is located approximately 10 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles. Its title sponsor is hardware retailer The Home Depot. The $150 million complex was...

 over Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy
The Los Angeles Galaxy are an American professional soccer team, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, which competes in Major League Soccer , the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, and the league's second...

 scoring his teams first goal and drawing the penalty that led to New York's second goal. Richards concluded his 2010 campaign scoring five goals in his last seven matches helping New York to capture the Eastern Conference
2010 Major League Soccer season
The 2010 Major League Soccer season was the 98th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer, the 32nd with a national first-division league, in the United States and Canada, and the 15th in MLS history. It began on March 25 at Seattle's Qwest Field with Seattle Sounders FC defeating the expansion...

 regular season title.

Richards is considered a domestic player since he holds a USA Residency card.

International


Richards debuted with the Jamaican national team
Jamaica national football team
The Jamaica national football team is the national team of Jamaica and is controlled by the Jamaica Football Federation. After decades in CONCACAF obscurity, they gained many fans throughout the world after they qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup...

 in 2002 at the age of 18, and while he was still at Clemson returned to the Jamaican national team, playing in a 1-1 friendly tie against the United States
United States men's national soccer team
The United States men's national soccer team represents the United States in international association football competitions. It is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF...

.

His play during the 2007 season did not go unnoticed by the Jamaica Football Federation
Jamaica Football Federation
The Jamaica Football Federation is the governing body of football in Jamaica and is in charge of the Jamaican national team and the Jamaican National Premier League.- History :...

 as he was rewarded by being called up to the national team for friendlies against El Salvador and Guatemala in Kingston. He played in both matches which ended in victory for Jamaica. Richards has also participated in 2010 World Cup qualifying matches and was selected for the 2008 Caribbean Championship. He appeared in all five matches for Jamaica, in helping Jamaica to capture the 2008 Caribbean Championship. Richards also featured in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup
The 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup was the tenth edition of the Gold Cup competition, and the twentieth association football championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean . It was contested from 3 July to 26 July 2009 in the United States. This competition was the fourth tournament...

. In 2010, Richards became a mainstay with the national team and started to consistently demonstrate outstanding attacking prowess. On 11 August 2010 Richards recorded his first goal for Jamaica in a 3-1 victory against Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago. On 10 October 2010 Richards recorded his second international goal, scoring with a 19th-minute penalty to help Jamaica to a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago. Richards scored three(3) goals for Jamaica in December 2010, leading them to another Caribbean Cup title, while also winning the Golden Boot.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competitions
1 11 August 2010 Marvin Lee Stadium
Marvin Lee Stadium
Marvin Lee Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago which is housed together with the Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Joe Public F.C....

, Macoya
Macoya
Macoya is a small town located alongside the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway in Trinidad and Tobago. It is located between Tunapuna and Trincity on the island of Trinidad...

, Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago officially the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean, lying just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles...

1 – 0
3 – 1
International Friendly
Exhibition game
An exhibition game is a sporting event in which there is no competitive value of any significant kind to any competitor regardless of the outcome of the competition...

2 10 October 2010 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, located on the southeastern coast of the island. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects the town of Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island...

1 – 0
1 – 0
International Friendly
Exhibition game
An exhibition game is a sporting event in which there is no competitive value of any significant kind to any competitor regardless of the outcome of the competition...

3 29 November 2010 Stade En Camée
Stade En Camée
Stade En Camée is a multi-purpose stadium located in Rivière-Pilote, Martinique, an overseas department of France. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is set to be utilized as a venue for the 2010 Caribbean Championship....

, Rivière-Pilote
Rivière-Pilote
Rivière-Pilote is a town and commune in the French overseas department of Martinique.The village is situated on the southern end of Martinique, between the village of Sainte-Luce and the town of Le Marin which is a popular haven for yachts. Rivière-Pilote lies inland on the River Grande Pilote...

, Martinique
Martinique
Martinique is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of . Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. To the northwest lies Dominica, to the south St Lucia, and to the southeast Barbados...

1 – 0
3 – 1
2010 Caribbean Championship
2010 Caribbean Championship
-Group B:Played in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from October 6–10.*Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked ahead of Saint Vincent and Barbados based on head-to-head tiebreaker...

4 1 December 2010 Stade En Camée
Stade En Camée
Stade En Camée is a multi-purpose stadium located in Rivière-Pilote, Martinique, an overseas department of France. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is set to be utilized as a venue for the 2010 Caribbean Championship....

, Rivière-Pilote
Rivière-Pilote
Rivière-Pilote is a town and commune in the French overseas department of Martinique.The village is situated on the southern end of Martinique, between the village of Sainte-Luce and the town of Le Marin which is a popular haven for yachts. Rivière-Pilote lies inland on the River Grande Pilote...

, Martinique
Martinique
Martinique is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of . Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. To the northwest lies Dominica, to the south St Lucia, and to the southeast Barbados...

1 – 0
4 – 0
2010 Caribbean Championship
2010 Caribbean Championship
-Group B:Played in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from October 6–10.*Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked ahead of Saint Vincent and Barbados based on head-to-head tiebreaker...

5 3 December 2010 Stade Pierre-Aliker, Fort-de-France
Fort-de-France
Fort-de-France is the capital of France's Caribbean overseas department of Martinique. It is also one of the major cities in the Caribbean. Exports include sugar, rum, tinned fruit, and cacao.-Geography:...

, Martinique
Martinique
Martinique is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of . Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. To the northwest lies Dominica, to the south St Lucia, and to the southeast Barbados...

1 – 0
2 – 1
2010 Caribbean Championship
2010 Caribbean Championship
-Group B:Played in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from October 6–10.*Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked ahead of Saint Vincent and Barbados based on head-to-head tiebreaker...

6 29 March 2011 Estadio Cuscatlán
Estadio Cuscatlán
Monumental Estadio Cuscatlán is a football stadium located in San Salvador, El Salvador. It is the largest stadium in Central America with a capacity of 45,000...

, San Salvador
San Salvador
The city of San Salvador the capital and largest city of El Salvador, which has been designated a Gamma World City. Its complete name is La Ciudad de Gran San Salvador...

, El Salvador
El Salvador
El Salvador or simply Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. The country's capital city and largest city is San Salvador; Santa Ana and San Miguel are also important cultural and commercial centers in the country and in all of Central America...

0 – 1
2 – 3
International Friendly
7 29 March 2011 Estadio Cuscatlán
Estadio Cuscatlán
Monumental Estadio Cuscatlán is a football stadium located in San Salvador, El Salvador. It is the largest stadium in Central America with a capacity of 45,000...

, San Salvador
San Salvador
The city of San Salvador the capital and largest city of El Salvador, which has been designated a Gamma World City. Its complete name is La Ciudad de Gran San Salvador...

, El Salvador
El Salvador
El Salvador or simply Salvador is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. The country's capital city and largest city is San Salvador; Santa Ana and San Miguel are also important cultural and commercial centers in the country and in all of Central America...

0 – 2
2 – 3
International Friendly

Career statistics

All-time club performance
Club Season   Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

US Open Cup MLS Cup
MLS Cup
The MLS Cup is the championship match of Major League Soccer, the highest tier of professional soccer in the United States and Canada. As the final match of the MLS Cup playoffs, the winner is crowned the season champion in the same manner as other North American sports leagues...

CONCACAF
CONCACAF
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is the continental governing body for association football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean...

Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
New York Red Bulls
2007
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

28 2 1 0 2 0 - - 31 2
2008
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

23 3 - - 4 1 - - 27 4
2009
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

27 3 1 1 - - 2 0 30 4
2010
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

25 5 1 0 2 0 0 0 28 5
2011
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

27 7 - - 3 0 - - 30 7
Club Total 130 20 3 1 11 1 2 0 146 22

New York Red Bulls

  • Major League Soccer
    Major League Soccer
    Major League Soccer is a professional soccer league based in the United States and sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation . The league is composed of 19 teams — 16 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada...

     Western Conference Championship (1):
    2008
    2008 Major League Soccer season
    The 2008 Major League Soccer season was the 13th season in league history. The season began on March 29 and ended with MLS Cup 2008, on November 23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.-Changes from the 2007 season:...


Jamaica

  • Caribbean Cup
    Caribbean Cup
    The Caribbean Cup, formerly known as the Copa Caribe, is the championship tournament for national association football teams that are members of the Caribbean Football Union. The first competition was contested in 1989 in Barbados. The Caribbean Cup also serves as a qualification tournament among...

     Winner (2):
    2008, 2010
    2010 Caribbean Championship
    -Group B:Played in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from October 6–10.*Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked ahead of Saint Vincent and Barbados based on head-to-head tiebreaker...


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