Richard Sharpe (soccer)

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Richard Sharpe
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-01-15) 15 January 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Berkshire, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
West Ham United
Leyton Orient
1990–1993 Florida Institute of Technology
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Cocoa Expos 21 (47)
1996 Colorado Rapids 17 (2)
1997 Carolina Dynamo 14 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Richard Sharpe (born 15 January 1967, in London, England) is a retired English soccer forward whose career in the United States included one season with Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.

Sharpe grew up in England, playing in the West Ham United and Leyton Orient youth systems. He moved to the United States in 1989 where he entered Florida Institute of Technology. Over four seasons, he established himself as the most successful forwards in NCAA Division II history. He holds the NCAA record for season points (112), career points (321), season goals (49) and career goals (137).[1] He was a 1991, 1992 and 1993 first team All American.[2][3][4] In 1991, Sharpe and his team mates also won the Division II national championship.

In 1994, Sharpe signed with the Cocoa Expos in the USISL. He promptly scored 33 goals in 15 games, leading the league.[5] He also scored a hat trick at that year's All Star game.[6] In 1995, he played only six games, but still scored 14 goals.[7] He then trained with Rochdale A.F.C In March 1996, the Colorado Rapids selected Sharpe in the second round (nineteenth overall) of the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft. He played seventeen games with the Rapids in 1996, scoring only two goals. On 20 January 1997, the Rapids released Sharpe.[8] In February 1997, he signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Dynamo of the USISL A-League.[9] He injured his knee in the Dynamo's first game of the season.[10] He returned in June, but injured his back at the beginning of the playoffs.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCAA Record Book
  2. ^ 1991 All Americans
  3. ^ 1992 All Americans
  4. ^ 1993 All Americans
  5. ^ 1994 USISL Stats
  6. ^ SHARPE HAT TRICK STOPS USISL ATLANTIC TEAM Virginian-Pilot, The (Norfolk, VA) - Thursday, 7 July 1994
  7. ^ 1995 USISL Stats
  8. ^ RAPIDS RELEASE FORWARD RICHARD SHARPE
  9. ^ DYNAMO SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED Greensboro News & Record - Saturday, 8 February 1997
  10. ^ SHARPE WILL MISS FOUR TO SIX WEEKS WITH KNEE INJURY Greensboro News & Record - Wednesday, 16 April 1997
  11. ^ "Carolina Dynamo All-Time Player Stats 1993–2006". Carolina Dynamo. Retrieved 2008-01-08.