Jan. 20, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jay Alberts, only the fifth player in Ivy League history to be named first team All-Ivy four times, was selected by the Kansas City Wizards in the fourth round of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 16. Alberts was chosen with the 37th overall pick.
"Being drafted is a tremendous honor for Jay and acknowledges what an outstanding player he has been at the college level," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Jay has the drive and ability to do very well. [Wizards] Coach [Bob] Gansler is a great teacher and will help develop Jay's game. We are all very proud of Jay and look forward to seeing him progress in the professional game."
Alberts finished his career at Yale second in career assists with 22 and fifth in points with 62. As a senior this fall, he tied for the team lead in goals with five and was second in points with 11. In 2002 Alberts led the Ivy League in assists, tied for ninth in points and earned second team All-New England honors. In addition, he was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Brown Tournament. Alberts missed all of the 2001 season due to mononucleosis. As a freshman, Alberts was the first Yale player to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. His 21 overall points were the most ever scored by a freshman in Yale history.
"In Jay Alberts we added a wide player who can be a good assist man," said Gansler.
Wizards players will report for physicals on Monday, February 2 and begin preparing for the 2004 season. Kansas City will kick off its ninth campaign on Saturday, April 3 by hosting the defending Eastern Conference Champion Chicago Fire at Arrowhead Stadium at 7:30 p.m. CT.