Richards Named "Young Player Of The Year" By Timbers
Oct. 31, 2012
SEATTLE - Former Husky men's soccer star Brent Richards won his fair share of awards during his time at the University of Washington.
He was the team's top goal-scorer all four years of his collegiate career. He earned First-Team All-Pac-12 honors three of his four seasons. And he was just the third men's soccer player in school history to be named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the year. But this wasn't enough for Richards, who is now making his mark professionally as a member of the Portland Timbers MLS soccer club.
Last Sunday at Portland's end-of-the-season banquet, Richards was presented with the "Young Player of the Year" award, recognizing him for his achievements during his rookie campaign. This award caps off a highly successful season for the former Dawg.
Having signed with the Timbers on January 4, 2012, Richards had to wait a while to see time on the pitch. He finally got his first action on July 14 as a halftime sub versus the L.A. Galaxy. Then on July 28, Richards earned his first MLS start against Chivas USA. And while Portland lost the match, coaches and fans had only good things to say about Brent Richards.
"He's a very, very effective player, "said interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson after the start. "I'm not trying to surprise people with his selection." Richards was also voted "CenturyLink Man of the Match" by fans following his performance.
Throughout the season, Richards played in six regular-season matches with the Timbers, logging 347 minutes and two starts. He was a standout on the Timbers Reserves squad as well, making nine appearances and scoring four goals, including a late game-winner versus the Seattle Sounders Reserves.
Throughout his soccer career, Richards has always been a winner. And if this season is any indication, that trend is likely to continue through his professional career as well.