Crew interested in Joe Public hero Richardson

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Minutes after scorching the New England Revolution for a hat trick, Joe Public striker Gregory Richardson told he would like to play in Major League Soccer. And the feeling appears to be mutual.

When the Guyanese speedster was asked if he had been contacted by any MLS sides, he smiled. "Yes," he said. "Only Columbus has expressed some interest."

After Tuesday's nationally televised performance, one has to figure that a few more MLS teams will suddenly look to get the 26-year-old Richardson in their jersey. Quick, intelligent and clinical in his finishing, he scored three times to lead Joe Public to a 4-0 win over New England at Gillette Stadium, giving the Trinidadian side a 6-1 aggregate victory. Richardson also scored in the first-leg 2-1 win in Trinidad.

The club now moves on to the group stage of the CCL, where it is grouped with Atlante, Olimpia and the USL's Montreal Impact. Joe Public's advance gives Richardson a few more games to impress the bigwigs at the continental level. Not that they need to see much more to recognize the obvious quality.