|Date of birth||January 18, 1957|
|Place of birth||San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1978–1981||Long Island University|
|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)|
|1980–1989||Trinidad and Tobago|
|* 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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
- Long Island Athletic Hall of Fame
- Best of Trinidad
- Heat Release Chinapoo
- Trinidad and Tobago – Details of World Cup Qualifiers Archived June 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- MISL Coach of the Year
- Bullock, Michael (January 22, 2014). "Harrisburg Heat's weekend dates could be Richard Chinapoo's final Farm Show appearances". The Patriot-News. Harrisburg, PA: Advance Publications. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
- Bristol, Jason (January 22, 2014). "Retiring Chinapoo prepares for final Heat home games". Harrisburg, PA: WHP-TV. Retrieved January 23, 2014.