Catching Up With Ricky Schramm
After weeks of phone tag, I was finally able to touch base with Ricky Schramm, the former Georgetown standout who was drafted by D.C. United and subsequently released after a few weeks of training camp.
Schramm tells me he has had two formal workouts with the third-division Richmond Kickers and is close to reaching a deal with the second-tier USL club. His hope is that, if he performs well this summer, he will get another shot at MLS later this year or next season.
Besides DCU, the L.A. Galaxy had expressed interest in him after the college season and might have drafted him if DCU had not claimed him first. But by the time DCU let him go, the Galaxy was well on its way to finalizing its developmental roster. "They basically said it was too late in the game to bring me in at this point, but they said they would keep an eye on me," he said. "They just want me to play somewhere this year. I'm just happy I'll probably have a place to play this summer."
I asked Schramm if he thought United gave him a fair shake before letting him go. "Yeah, I was lucky to have the opportunity with D.C. and, if anything, I was able to see where I stood in terms of MLS and where I need to be."
Schramm was a pure forward in college, but United believed his only chance to make the club was if he could prove himself as a flank player.
"It just wasn't the right fit and I knew that almost right away," he said. "I think I could've showed them something up top, but that wasn't what they were looking for."
Richmond, he said, would use him as an attacking central midfielder/withdrawn forward type behind Robert Ssejjemba, who starred at Richmond last year and returned to the Kickers after spending the end of the 2006 MLS season with United.
Since being let go by United, Schramm has been able to concentrate fully on his academic work and is on schedule to collect his degree in English in mid-May. And yes, of course, he's following the Hoyas basketball team closely and passionately. He was in the Meadowlands (near his hometown in Westchester County, N.Y.) over the weekend for the regional games and is hoping to score tickets to the Final Four in Atlanta.
"We're talking about it, but there aren't a lot of tickets available for students and obviously a lot of people want to go," he said.
It ain't the World Cup final, but the Final Four wouldn't be bad, eh? Good luck, Ricky -- on the basketball and soccer fronts.
[In case you missed my front-page profile of Schramm during the winter and his long-shot efforts to make United's roster, click here.]
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