On Wednesday evening, a post on the Trinidad & Tobago national team website reported that 18-year-old defender Damani Richards has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Union.
While the Union has not confirmed the report, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PSP “there is a deal in the works for Richards.”
The source tells PSP that the paperwork on the deal is at the league office awaiting approval.
Richards said of the trial, “It’s been a great experience. This was an opportunity to get some exposure away from home and it opened my eyes up to a few things. It’s a lot faster out here.”
According to Wednesday’s report from Trinidad & Tobago, Richards arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The report also says that Richards’ agent, Andre Fortune—who also happens to be Keon Daniel’s agent—says the one year deal includes an option to be extended by two more years.
Richards, previously on the T&T U-17 team, first appeared for the T&T U-20 team in the 2-1 win over Guyana on August 8, 2012 in the opening of their Caribbean Football Union U-20 World Cup qualification campaign. The U-20s eventually were knocked out of the qualifiers after a 1-0 loss to Curacao on Nov. 10.
The defender previously was on the roster of TT Pro-League club W-Connection.
Richards said of the reported deal with the Union, “I am looking forward to making full use of this opportunity and better my understanding of the game and my readiness for a higher level on the international stage.”