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Former Liberty Soccer Standout Roberts Participating in Gold Cup

June 12, 2007
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Darryl Roberts (right) celebrates goal with Sparta Rotterdam teammate. Liberty's all-time leading scorer is currently playing in the Gold Cup for Trinidad and Tobago.

Darryl Roberts (right) celebrates goal with Sparta Rotterdam teammate. Liberty's all-time leading scorer is currently playing in the Gold Cup for Trinidad and Tobago.

Former Liberty soccer player Darryl Roberts will play in the final game of group play tonight with the Trinidad and Tobago National team in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Flames' all-time leading scorer, Roberts has started the first two games for Trinidad and Tobago in the tournament. Trinidad and Tobago is making its seventh Gold Cup appearance and is competing in Group B with the United States, the defending Gold Cup Champions, El Salvador and Guatemala. Roberts has played 86 minutes against El Salvador last Thursday and then played all 90 minutes against the United States Saturday.

"I'm excited for Darryl and the opportunity for him to gain valuable international experience in such a prestigious tournament," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Alder. 

"It is bittersweet for our program because [former Liberty defender] Osei Telesford was supposed to be anchoring the defense for Trinidad and Tobago during this competition, but tore muscles in his leg playing for the Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire the day before reporting to camp for this event. Darryl was outstanding in the USA game and should have a great performance tonight."

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the premier national soccer competition between nations from North and Central America and the Caribbean. Twelve national squads have qualified for the tournament which began this past Wednesday and will conclude on June 24 with the Championship game at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Entering tonight's match at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., against Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago has dropped a 2-1 decision to El Salvador and suffered a 2-0 setback to the United States. With the two defeats, Trinidad and Tobago must win this evening in order to advance out of pool play and into the single-elimination quarterfinals set to begin on June 16.

Roberts, who completed his Liberty career this past fall, currently plays professionally in the Netherlands with Sparta Rotterdam. The forward recorded 94 points on 36 goals, the most in school history, and 22 assists during his four seasons with the Flames.