Feb. 3, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Next week's Kansas City Wizards training camp will have a distinct Yale flavor. Four Bulldogs players will be trying to earn a spot on the Major League Soccer club's opening day roster. Andrew Dealy and Ryan Raybould, who both completed their Yale careers last fall, will join Jay Alberts '03 and Brian Roberts '04, who each spent last season playing with the Minnesota Thunder of the A-League.
"We in the Yale soccer community are all proud to have these four players representing our program and the Ivy League at such a high level. Making the jump from college to professional soccer is not easy and requires not only hard work and skill but a degree of luck as well," Yale head coach Brian Tompkins said. "Wizards Coach Bob Gansler is one of the best teachers of the game and the opportunity to be in camp will be a great experience for the guys. I believe they all have the talent and dedication to make the grade and look forward to seeing how they fare in the next few weeks."
Dealy and Raybould were both invited to the camp as non-drafted free agents. Dealy, who finished his career sixth all-time at Yale with 56 points, was a two-time first team All-Ivy and All-England selection. He started 16 games for the Bulldogs this fall and was second on the team in scoring with 15 points (6 goals, 3 assists). Raybould, the 2004 captain, also was a first team All-Ivy selection last fall after starting all 17 games.
Alberts, who was selected by the Wizards in the fourth round of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, is one of only five players in Ivy League history to be named first team All-Ivy four times. He finished his career at Yale second in career assists with 22 and fifth in points with 62, and as a freshman became the first Yale player to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Last year with the Minnesota Thunder, he was one of only two players to appear in all 28 games and tied for the team lead in assists with three. Following the season, he returned to Kansas City to train and made a positive impression on the Wizards' coaches, according to Tompkins.
Roberts, the 2003 Yale captain, started every game of his Yale career and was a four-time All-Ivy selection. He appeared in 16 games for the Thunder last year and had one assist.