Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Crew's Virtuoso Aims to Pick Up Where He Left Off
Columbus Dispatch, April 19th, 2007 3:20PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Major League Soccer is once again making headlines for a recent spate of high-profile additions. One of these, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, is headed to the decidedly low-profile Columbus Crew, which Thursday hosts the New England Revolution in its only live match on ESPN2 this season (7 pm ET). Much has been made of the signing of Schelotto, a former attacking midfielder with South American powerhouse Boca Juniors, but the Argentine will not play against the Revs, as he doesn't arrive in Columbus until early next week.

Instead, the Columbus Dispatch focuses on another South American who's likely to make an impact this evening: Richardo Virtuoso, a 23-year-old Brazilian, who coincidentally made his first start for the Crew against the Revs late last season-a 3-0 win. Virtuoso, in fact, was a major reason the Crew finished off last season with reasonably strong 3-3-1 finish.

Crew coach Sigi Schmid expects big things from the talented youngster, who says he could become one the premier left-wingers in the league. Virtuoso is in the squad Thursday night for the first time this season, after sitting out the first two games with an ankle sprain. He also missed the bulk of last season due to a lingering groin problem. "When I come here [from Brazil in the preseason], I was doing the good, but I get hurt again," Virtuoso told the Dispatch (verbatim, apparently). "I twisted my ankle. Now I come back and work really hard the last month. My first game is going to be very important for me. I had a good time last year, but I know I can do better. I'm not 100 percent, but I will do my best."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Aguirre Named Japan Coach     
Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday was appointed head coach of the Japanese national team, ...
Swans Sign Montero    
Swansea on Thursday signed Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero on a four-year deal from Mexican club Morelia. ...
Orlando City Admits Robinho Talks     
Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva revealed that the MLS club is in advanced talks ...
Piazon Heads to Frankfurt on Loan    
Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday signed Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon on a season-long loan. The Brazilian, 20, ...
Man City U21's Racism Claim to be Investigated    
The Croatian soccer federation (HNS) has said it will investigate Manchester City's claim that one of ...
Gareth Bale: La Liga Trumps English Premier League    
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale believes Spain's La Liga is superior to the English Premier League ...
Report: CAS Could Reduce Suarez Ban    
An unnamed source from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) tells Goal.com that Luis Suarez's ...
Spurs Signs Vorm, Davies; Swans Sign Sigurdsson    
Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday signed Dutch international goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Wales defender Ben Davies from ...
Stoke Signs Krkic From Barcelona    
Stoke City on Tuesday completed the signing of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona. Krkic, 23, became the ...
Report: Lampard Completes NYCFC Move     
Former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has completed a move to new MLS franchise New York City ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives