Senior Troy Roberts Taken in First Round of MLS SuperDraft

Jan. 14, 2005

BERKELEY - Senior defender Troy Roberts was taken by the Los Angeles Galaxy as the eighth pick in the first round of the 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Roberts is the first Golden Bear to be taken in the first round of the draft.

Roberts, in his senior year, anchored a California defense that was one of the premier backlines in the nation. The Bears finished the season 13-4-3, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In his four years at Berkeley, the Fremont native has started in every game for Cal, a combined 84 starts. Roberts was a first team All-Pac-10 honoree in 2004 and 2003, a second All-Pac-10 performer in 2002 and honorable mention All-Pac-10 his freshman season. In addition, Roberts was named second team All-Far-West in 2004.

Other past Cal players taken in the MLS SuperDraft include goalkeeper Josh Saunders, taken by the San Jose Earthquakes in the third round in 2003, and Chris Roner and Leo Krupnik, both chosen in 2002.

Other Bears listed as draft possibilities are Carl Acosta, Yohei Fukuda, Noah Merl, Mike Munoz and Kyle Navarro.

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