Washington's Richards Signs With Timbers

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Portland Timbers have signed WASHINGTON forward and Timbers U-23s product Brent Richards as the club's first Homegrown Player, it was announced Wednesday. Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.

Richards, who recently completed his senior season for the Huskies, joins the Timbers after three seasons with the club's development team, the Portland Timbers U-23s, and becoming its all-time leading scorer. A native of Camas, Wash., Richards registered 26 goals and 12 assists in 37 games over three seasons (2009-11) in the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League (PDL). He led the Timbers U-23s to a historic season in 2010, as the team won the PDL championship and became the league's first undefeated champion with a perfect 20-0-0 record. Richards was crowned the league's MVP and the finals MVP among his several accolades that season.

During his collegiate career at Washington, Richards was consistently one of the Conference's top scorers. He compiled 31 goals and 15 assists in 72 games for the Huskies, leading the team in scoring, goals and game-winning goals in each of his four seasons. A four-time all-conference honoree, Richards ranks among the school's career leaders in goals and points (77).

He left Washington as one of the most decorated student-athletes in men's soccer, both on and off the field. Among his many accolades during his collegiate career, Richards was a two-time all-conference first-team selection (2010-11), was named the 2011 Pac-12 Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a First-Team Capital One Academic All-American in 2011.

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