Local boy Brent Richards achieved his dream job at the age of 22 by making his debut as a Portland Timbers Major League Soccer player.
Richards, the team’s first and only homegrown player, has played in three MLS league games so far. Once as a halftime substitution against L.A. Galaxy, another as a substitution against F.C. Dallas in a home game and as a starter against Chivas U.S.A. He also started in an exhibition match against English team Aston Villa.
“I knew I would debut eventually,” said Richards. “But I’ve been wanting to get into a game for a while now. I’ve been doing well in practice for a while.”
In his debut game, he played against such soccer giants as David Beckham, one of England’s most popular soccer players, and Landon Donovan, a forward for the U.S. national team.
“It definitely was intimidating,” said Richards with a laugh. “I wasn’t sure if I was going in, but I made sure I was ready. I was definitely nervous, but I tried to relax and just work hard.”