Brent Richards signed with the Portland Timbers on January 4th 2012 as Portland's first ever Home Grown Player. Brent had a very successful collegiate career and during the College off season played for the U-23 Timbers. During his time with the U-23's Brent scored 26 goals and recorded 12 assist and was on the 2010 team, which had a perfect 16-0 season and won the PDL Championship.
Brent's time with the full MLS side was limited to only 6 appearances over his two seasons and only two starts. His two starts and four appearances as a sub came after the firing of John Spencer in the 2012 season. His 2013 season was affected by a knee injury that occurred before the season even started.
Brent was a very promising young player who had some aerial ability and a nose for the goal. His leadership on the undefeated 2010 U-23 team helped secure the PDL championship at Jeld-Wen Field in a very tight game. He was a great ambassador and example for all the players currently in club affiliated with the Portland Timbers and always had a smile for the fans.
Good luck to Brent and hopefully we see him on the pitch again soon.
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