April 3, 2006
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer have promoted Ryan Raybould, the 2004 Yale men's soccer captain, from a developmental contract to the 18-man senior roster. Raybould becomes the first Yale graduate to earn a senior roster spot on an MLS team. Brian Roberts, the 2003 Yale captain, remains with the Wizards on a developmental contract. Roberts became the first Yale graduate to start an MLS game when he played 79 minutes against Real Salt Lake last July.
Raybould made one appearance for the Wizards' full squad last year. Ironically, he replaced Roberts in the July game against Real Salt Lake. Raybould excelled with the Wizards' Reserve side, starting nine games and recording two assists.
"I am pleased for Ryan Raybould as he has worked very hard for this roster spot," said Curt Johnson, Kansas City's General Manager. "He is a Johnson County and Rockhurst (KS) High School product. It is especially gratifying to see one of Kansas City's own work his way up the ladder."
At Yale, Raybould earned first team All-Ivy recognition as a senior and was a two-time All-Ivy honorable mention selection. He started 65 of 66 games in his Yale career.
Roberts appeared in 11 games, including making three starts, for the Wizards last year. His MLS debut came when he played the final 10 minutes of Kansas City's game against Columbus on May 14.
At Yale, Roberts was a four-time All-Ivy selection, including earning first team honors as a senior. He started every game during his four-year career.
Kansas City opened the season with a 3-1 victory over Columbus on Saturday.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity