Q & A With Ryan Richter of the New York Cosmos

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A week ago, I talked with RB Ryan Richter. He asked me to do an interview and he was overall a very nice person to talk with. Richter plays for the New York Cosmos in the NASL and has made 14 total appearances for the club.

The 28-year-old from Southampton, Pennsylvania was the 5th overall pick in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Philadelphia Union. The defender, after leaving the Union, had stints with the Charleston Battery, Toronto FC,  Ottawa Fury, and Bethlehem Steel before moving to the Cosmos last year.

Q: What made you love soccer?

A: I grew up with it. Has been in my family. My grandfather played for the U.S. in the fifties

Q: Who is your grandfather?

A: His name is Walt Richter. Played for us during the war.

Q: That’s awesome. What was your best moment with the Cosmos?

A: Easy! I scored the winning penalty in the 2016 championship game.

Q: Wow! Can you tell me what you were feeling before and after the penalty?

A: Nervous and just surprised that I had the opportunity that I could be the one to win the championship and then after, relieved and happy and excited.

Q: It’s any player’s dream; Taking the winning pen to win the championship for your team. That’s the beautiful part of soccer.

A: Honestly it was a pretty special moment.

Q: I’m sure it was. What’s it like to play for a team like the Cosmos? With a club with such rich history, I’m sure it’s great.

A: It is pretty cool with the history of the club. For example, we played a friendly earlier this (month) against Al Hilal, the biggest club in South Arabia, in their new stadium. A trip not many footballers get to make.

Q: Wow! Going all the way from New York to Saudi Arabia. I’m speechless. How would you feel if Don Garber decided he wants you guys to become a new expansion team in MLS?

A: I would be happy. I think it would make sense for US soccer to have the Cosmos in MLS. It would be very interesting too. You would have 3 teams in New York. Personally, I think it would be way too many teams to put in an area but hey, it’s an idea to look into.

Q: Maybe one day one of the New York teams will be rebranded as the Cosmos. I agree that 3 teams wouldn’t work.

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