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Big Week For Yale In Professional Soccer

Big Week For Yale In Professional Soccer

July 18, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It was a big week for Yale alumni in professional soccer. Brian Roberts '04 became the first Yale player to start a Major League Soccer game on Saturday night when he played 79 minutes as the Kansas City Wizards defeated Real Salt Lake 3-2 before a crowd of 16,816 at Arrowhead Stadium. Roberts was replaced in the game by 2004 Yale captain Ryan Raybould '05, who was making his MLS debut.

Kansas City's first goal was set up by Roberts, who put on a great ball fake and shook off a defender deep in the right corner of the RSL penalty area. His wide-open shot smacked off the right goal post, but rookie Scott Sealy was there to pick up the rebound and score his third MLS goal.

Roberts has played in six games for the Wizards, who are 7-4-7 and in third place in the Eastern Standings.

Earlier in the week, Matt Schmidt '01 and Jay Alberts '02, who both play for the Minnesota Thunder of the A League, scored key goals. Schmidt tallied the game-winner to lead the Thunder to a 6-4 victory over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday in a U.S. Open Cup game. Schmidt also had an assist in the game.

On Friday, Alberts scored his first goal of the season in the 79th minute as the Thunder tied the defending champion and undefeated Montreal Impact 1-1 in front of a festive crowd at James Griffin Stadium. It was only the sixth goal the Impact has allowed all season.