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USL Mourns Ocala's McCarthy
Stampede midfielder died suddenly over weekend

USL News Release

Monday, February 18, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues is saddened to hear of the death of Ocala Stampede player Richmond McCarthy, who passed away suddenly this past weekend.

McCarthy, who also played for Harlem FC in the Super-20 League, had a strong rookie season in the Stampede’s first season in the PDL, recording five assists in 15 appearances as the club won the Southeast Division.

“We were all shocked by the news of Richmond passing away so suddenly,” Stampede owner Bill Reed said in a club statement. “We started the Stampede to make a difference and touch people’s lives. Today we learned how much Richmond touched each of us. For some of us there were times of frustration with Richmond and he with us, as any team and family goes through. But the love and maturity displayed by this team showed that even through tough times God’s love heals all.”

The Stampede have announced that McCarthy’s No.5 jersey will be retired in his honor. All those at USL send our condolences to McCarthy’s family, friends and teammates with the Stampede at this difficult time.

“Our thoughts are with Richmond’s family and friends, and all of the members of the Ocala Stampede family,” USL President Tim Holt said. “It is always a tragedy when one so young is taken from us, we hope the memories of Richmond’s life will endure among those who knew him best.” 

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