Ricardo John leaving Virginia Tech to go pro in Trinidad & Tobago
Virginia Tech forward Ricardo John has opted not to return for his junior season in Blacksburg with the signing of a contract with Central FC back home in Trinidad & Tobago.
John scored eight goals and added three assists in 34 games and 29 starts for the Hokies over two seasons.
“We’re thrilled that Ricardo has been able to take this next step in his playing career,” head coach Mike Brizendine said in a news release. “I always hate to see one of my players leave this great university without a degree but I’m excited for Ricardo and this opportunity. Few players get the opportunity to fulfill their childhood dream of becoming a professional player and I know I speak for my staff and the team in wishing him nothing but the best.”
John is the 15th player to sign a professional contract or be drafted to Major League Soccer over the course of Brizendine’s 10-year tenure at the school.