Richard Chinapoo

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Richard Chinapoo
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-01-18) January 18, 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Trinity College
1978–1981 Long Island University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 New York Cosmos 33 (2)
San Juan Jabloteh
1983–1988 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 124 (78)
1988–1990 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 89 (36)
1990–1991 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 52 (22)
1991–1992 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 36 (23)
1992–2000 Harrisburg Heat (indoor) 243 (101)
National team
1980–1989 Trinidad and Tobago
Teams managed
1998–2002 Harrisburg Heat
2012–2014 Harrisburg Heat
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard Chinapoo (born January 18, 1957) was a Trinidad soccer defender who had an extensive career, primarily in the United States. Chinapoo spent two seasons in the North American Soccer League, eight in the National Professional Soccer League and at least eight in the Major Indoor Soccer League. He also played with the Trinidad and Tobago national team.


Chinapoo first attended college at Trinity College in Trinidad. In 1978, he entered Long Island University in the United States. In addition to his studies, he played on the men’s soccer team from 1978 to 1981, earning second team All-American recognition in 1978, 1979 and 1980. In 1981, he was selected as a first team All-American. He finished his four seasons with the Blackbirds with fifty-five career goals and was inducted into the Long Island, University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.[1]


On March 16, 1982 Chinapoo signed a one year contract with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. He ultimately spent two seasons with New York. Some sources show Chinapoo as playing for two Trinidad clubs, Malvern and San Juan Jabloteh, but the dates are unknown.[2] At some point, he joined the Baltimore Blast of Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). On September 8, 1988, Chinapoo signed as a free agent with the Dallas Sidekicks. He spent two season with the Sidekicks before returning to Baltimore on August 6, 1990. On October 15, 1991, Chinapoo signed as a free agent with the Sidekicks. This time, he played only a year. In 1992, MISL collapsed and several teams and most of the players jumped to the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). Chinapoo left Dallas and signed with the Harrisburg Heat of NPSL. He would remain in Harrisburg for the remainder of his professional career, retiring from playing in 2000. He was inducted into the Heat Hall of Fame on November 3, 2001.[3]

National team[edit]

Chinapoo played numerous games with the Trinidad and Tobago national team, but the numbers and dates are unknown. His name first appears on current records during an August 17, 1980 World Cup qualification victory over Haiti. He played with the national team until at least June 11, 1989 when he played another World Cup qualification game, this time a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica.[4]


In 1998, Chinapoo became a player-coach with the Harrisburg Heat. After he retired from playing in 2001, Chinapoo become a full-time head coach. In 2001, he was named the NPSL Coach of the Year.[5] On August 11, 2002, after posting a 10-34 record during the 2001-2002 season, the Heat management released Chinapoo. He is currently the Technical Director of the Capital Area Soccer Association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

In the summer of 2012, Richard was named the head coach of the new Professional Arena Soccer League team, the Harrisburg Heat. He will retire from coaching and move to Florida after the 2013–14 Harrisburg Heat season.[6][7]


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