August 26, 2012 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that midfielder Dane Richards has signed a contract with Burnley Football Club that will see him join the Championship League side following the conclusion of Whitecaps FC's 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
Richards was acquired by Whitecaps FC last month in a trade with New York Red Bulls for striker Sebastien Le Toux as well as allocation money.
"Dane is in the final year of his MLS contract, so we knew there was a strong possibility he might get offers from Europe for next season," said Martin Rennie, Whitecaps FC head coach. "When we traded for Dane we received allocation money which is a valuable asset in our league. Dane will continue to be an important part of our squad as we push for a playoff spot, and we look forward to his contributions throughout the rest of the season before he starts with his new club Burnley FC."
"Burnley FC presented a good opportunity for me to play in Europe for the first time in my career," said Dane Richards. "At the same time, I am really enjoying my time with Whitecaps FC and will continue to work hard to contribute to the team's success as we move towards the post-season."
Richards, 28, joined Whitecaps FC on July 13, 2012 after five-and-a-half seasons with New York Red Bulls. So far this season he has started six of seven matches for 580 minutes, scoring two goals. Richards will join Burnley FC, based in Burnley, Lancashire, in January 2013.