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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Richmond, he said, would use him as an attacking central midfielder/withdrawn forward type behind Robert Ssejjemba, who starred at Richmond last year and returned to the Kickers after spending the end of the 2006 MLS season with United.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.]

By Steve Goff  |  March 26, 2007; 7:31 PM ET
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SG - thanks for getting the scoop on Schramm. DCU had been keeping almost all of its draft picks as of late which made it seem strange that they cut Schramm that quick into pre-season camp. Hopefully, he can team with Double S/Double J.

Posted by: Eric Z | March 26, 2007 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I wish the best of luck to Ricky. I have a feeling he will have another chance with United, just seems like a good, standup guy. Go Hoyas too btw.

Oh yeah, on a Stokes alert. I read in another blog that hes with a USL team in Camp Lejuene. I know you all were just dying to know. Hes coming back. I hope and pray every night. :-)

Posted by: Kenny | March 26, 2007 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Steve,

Given the number of undrafted or late drafted players who rise to excellence in MLS and a few high picks who don't pan out, do you think the MLS draft is better/worse/about the same as drafts in other sports in predicting successful players?

Posted by: I-270 Exit 1 | March 27, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse

nice update

Posted by: jj | March 27, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The problem with the MLS draft is that so few players are truly known quantities -- college soccer has very limited TV exposure and few coaches/GMs see players more than a couple times (in person or on TV). So a player with first-round qualities might fall in the draft after a weak performance at the combine. It will always be a guessing game with most of these players available in the draft.

Posted by: Goff | March 27, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I thought Stokes had signed with the Cary Railhawks? Which is a good 3 hours+ away from Camp Lejeune. Are you confusing Stokes and Byron Mouton? Who's playing ABA Basketball in Wilmington, which is very close to Camp Lejeune.

Posted by: AlecW81 | March 27, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Thx for the update, Steven. Though Ricky's experience with DC was brief, it proved to him that he can contribute on the pro-level and he's as passionate as ever about getting a chance to make his mark. We appreciate your fine coverage of our son's hopes, dreams and hard work.

Posted by: Lise Schramm | March 28, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

My pleasure

:-)

Posted by: Goff | March 28, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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