In the first of a new series, we corner a star of the New York Red Bulls soccer team and shoot them a few questions about life in New York and New Jersey and playing in the MLS. Kicking us off is Dane Richards...
Name: Dane Richards
Birthplace: Montego Bay/Jamaica
Date of birth: December 14, 1983
Hi Dane, let's start with a few questions about you… What age did you start playing soccer?
At an early age. We were always kicking around the ball in Jamaica…so I think I was seven or eight….
Which players did you most admire when you where younger?
Ronaldo from Brazil and also Luis Figo from Portugal…
Two of the Galacticos. Why is that?
I admire Luis Figo because he was an amazing winger and I currently play right wing… and Ronaldo because he was just an unbelievable striker.
Let's move on to life in the team… what's been the highlight of your career so far?
I remember the play-off game against Houston in 2008 where we needed to win to advance. I played a great game where I scored one goal and I set up two others. That game was for sure one of the highlights of my career.
Who has the best repertoire of soccer tricks at the Red Bulls New York at the moment?
(Short pause)...The best soccer tricks…hmm…I would say Juan Agudelo right now.
Who is your closest friend on team?
I have good relationship with everybody, but my room-mate on away games is Bouna Coundoul. So I'd say Bouna is the closest right now.
What about life off the pitch… What’s your favourite hotspot around New York or New Jersey?
I would say Chipotle. I love Mexican food…so yeah, definitely just Chipotle.
How do you relax best away from training?
I love surfing the Internet to keep up on what’s happening in Jamaica. Especially on what’s going on in entertainment.
So you are a news-junkie?
Yeah, definitely. ☺
Who is the most famous person you have got in your mobile phone?
(Another pause) …The most famous person…who could that be?...maybe Titi (Thierry Henry). ☺
Check Dane Richards’ full bio at NewYorkRedBulls.com and watch highlights of New York Red Bull's match with DC United: