Ryan Richter

Ryan Richter (born April 12, 1989) is a retired American soccer player and current coach for the Bethlehem Steel FC academy.

Ryan Richter
Personal information
Full name Ryan Richter
Date of birth (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989
Place of birth Southampton, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Right Back
Youth career
2007–2010 La Salle Explorers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Ocean City Nor'easters[A] 45 (11)
2011 Philadelphia Union 0 (0)
2011Harrisburg City Islanders (loan) 1 (0)
2012 Charleston Battery 24 (2)
2013–2014 Toronto FC 13 (0)
2014Ottawa Fury (loan) 15 (1)
2015 Ottawa Fury 30 (0)
2016 Bethlehem Steel FC 29 (5)
2016–2017 New York Cosmos 31 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:09, 30 October 2017 (UTC)


Youth and college

Richter played soccer at William Tennent High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania where he was a three-year starter. He was elected as team captain and MVP for both his Junior and Senior years. At William Tennent, Richter attained honor roll status for all four years, he was also a three-year starter on the basketball team as well as being a placekicker on the football team.[1]

After high school, Richter attended La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he continued to play soccer. At La Salle, he was named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, and Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2010 season. He was also named Atlantic 10 Sportsman of the Year in 2010 as well as First-Team Scholar All America. Richter was named Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, leading the city in points and goals both years. He is the second player from the La Salle Explorers to be drafted into the MLS after Cesidio Colasante. Richter racked up 28 goals and 13 assists during his time with the Explorers.[2]

During his college years, Richter played for the Ocean City Nor'easters in the USL Premier Development League.[3][A]


On January 18, 2011, Richter was drafted as the 5th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by Philadelphia Union.[4] After a successful preseason trial, he signed with the club on March 1, 2011.[5]

Richter was sent on a one-game loan to the Union's USL Pro affiliate Harrisburg City Islanders in June 2011; he made his professional debut for them on June 4, in a game against Charleston Battery.[6] On July 21, 2011, Richter made his Union debut against Everton

On August 24, 2011 Richter scored his first career goal for the Philadelphia Union against the Harrisburg City Islanders. The goal, assisted by Justin Mapp, came in the 49th minute.

On January 19, 2012, Philadelphia declined his 2012 contract option and Richter was released.[7]

Richter trialled with D.C. United during February and March 2012.[8]

Richter signed with USL Pro team Charleston Battery on March 27, 2012.[9] In 2012, Richter helped the Charleston Battery capture the 2012 USL PRO Championship.

He signed with Toronto FC on March 25, 2013.[10] Richter made his debut for Toronto on April 13, in a 1-1 draw against Philadelphia, he came on as a first half sub for Darel Russell who sustained an injury.[11]

After spending most of the 2014 season on loan with NASL club Ottawa Fury FC, Richter joined them permanently on January 28, 2015.[12]

Bethlehem Steel FC

In 2016, Richter was transferred back to the Philadelphia Union organization to play for the newly formed USL club, Bethlehem Steel FC.[13] Richter would be named the team's first captain, and would go on to be joint leading goal scorer for the 2016 season. Prior to the season's end, Richter was transferred to NASL club New York Cosmos.[14]

New York Cosmos

Richter made his debut for the Cosmos in a 0-2 victory over the Carolina Railhawks.[15]


Following the 2017 season, Richter retired from the professional game to help coach the Bethlehem Steel FC academy.[16][17]


Ottawa Fury


A. a b The club was known as the Ocean City Barons through 2009.


  1. Player Bio: Ryan Richter, La Salle University, retrieved February 16, 2011
  2. Ryan Richter Selected By Philadelphia Union In MLS Supplemental Draft, La Salle University, January 18, 2011, retrieved February 16, 2011
  3. 2010 Ocean City Nor'easters stats
  4. Marc, Narducci (January 19, 2011), Union draft La Salle midfielder Ryan Richter, The Philadelphia Inquirer, retrieved February 16, 2011
  5. http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2011/03/union-sign-two-waive-two
  6. http://www.uslsoccer.com/stats/2011/2175657.html
  7. http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2012/01/union-decline-contract-options-houapeu-langley-richter-tait
  8. http://www.blackandredunited.com/2012/1/23/2727255/sebastian-svard-josh-lambo-dc-united-soccer
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2012-04-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. http://www.torontofc.ca/news/2013/03/reds-add-ryan-richter-roster
  11. https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2013/04/13/mls_toronto_fc_ties_philadelphia_union.html
  12. "Richter Returns". January 28, 2015.
  13. "Bethlehem Steel FC Acquire Ryan Richter via Transfer". December 22, 2015.
  14. "Bethlehem Steel FC Transfers Ryan Richter to New York Cosmos". Bethlehem Steel FC. September 20, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  15. "Richter Debut Match". NASL. September 28, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  16. Charles Boehm (April 20, 2018). "Jimmy Maurer on the uncertainty of life in the lower divisions". ussoccerplayers.com. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  17. Matthew Ralph (April 29, 2018). "New Philadelphia Union U19 head coach deserves homegrown tag". brotherlygame.com. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
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