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Whitecaps FC midfielder Dane Richards to join Burnley FC in 2013

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that midfielder Dane Richards has signed a contract with Burnley Football Club that will see him join the English League Championship side following the conclusion of Whitecaps FC’s 2012 Major League Soccer season.

Richards was acquired by Whitecaps FC last month in a trade with New York Red Bulls for striker Sebastien Le Toux, as well as allocation money. 

“Dane is in the final year of his MLS contract, so we knew there was a strong possibility he might get offers from Europe for next season,” said Martin Rennie, Whitecaps FC head coach. “When we traded for Dane we received allocation money, which is a valuable asset in our league. Dane will continue to be an important part of our squad, as we push for a playoff spot, and we look forward to his contributions throughout the rest of the season before he starts with his new club Burnley FC.”

"Burnley FC presented a good opportunity for me to play in Europe for the first time in my career," said Richards. "At the same time, I am really enjoying my time with Whitecaps FC and will continue to work hard to contribute to the team's success, as we move towards the postseason."

Richards, 28, joined Whitecaps FC on July 13 after five-and-a-half seasons with New York Red Bulls. So far this season, he has started six of seven matches for 580 minutes, scoring two goals. Richards will join Burnley FC - based in Burnley, Lancashire - in January 2013.