Union draft La Salle midfielder Ryan Richter

La Salle's Ryan Richter , a William Tennant graduate, led the A-10 in goals and points.
La Salle's Ryan Richter , a William Tennant graduate, led the A-10 in goals and points.
Posted: January 19, 2011

La Salle University midfielder Ryan Richter has always played soccer in the Philadelphia area and he will continue to do so after being selected as the fifth overall pick by the Union in Tuesday's Major League Soccer supplemental draft. The draft was for players not selected in last week's MLS SuperDraft.

Richter, who attended William Tennent High in Lower Bucks County, was named the Atlantic Ten's offensive player of the year and student-athlete of the year after leading the league in both goals (14) and points (30). He helped lead La Salle to the Atlantic Ten title game.

"It is the perfect scenario, playing in Philadelphia," Richter said in a phone interview. "This is what I wanted to do, play in front of my family and friends."

Richter said he attended about five Union games last year.

"To go watch the games and now be a player is really special," he said.

Richter received the news right before going to play a pickup soccer game.

"I don't think I stopped running the whole game," he said.

Richter caught the Union's attention with his ability to finish.

"He just started scoring goals like crazy and did so all year long," Union assistant coach John Hackworth said in a conference call with reporters.

Hackworth sees a strong upside in Richter.

"He has great size, athleticism, and he definitely has more soccer in him than people probably give him credit for," Hackworth said.

Besides Richter, the Union selected defender Josh Walburn from Princeton with the 23d overall pick and Providence midfielder Matt Marcin with the 41st overall selection.

Walburn was a two-time, first-team all-Ivy selection who played forward midfield and defense and is projected as a defender by the Union.

Marcin, who hails from Wilmington and played club soccer for FC Delco, had 10 goals and four assists this season for Providence.

Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducci@phillynews.com

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