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Roberts Signs with Denizlispor Soccer Club

July 9, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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All-time Liberty leading scorer Darryl Roberts inked a professional contract with Denizlispor Soccer Club.

All-time Liberty leading scorer Darryl Roberts inked a professional contract with Denizlispor Soccer Club.

Former Liberty soccer standout Darryl Roberts, one of Trinidad & Tobago's starting National Team strikers, has signed a three-year deal with Denizlispor Football Club, the Turkish First Division team announced today.

After finishing an 18-month contract with Sparta Rotterdam, Roberts moves to Denizlispor Kulubu. Known by its distinct green and black colors, Denizlispor is a sports club based out of Denizli, Turkey. The Denizlispor soccer team is currently the largest and most popular of the club's teams, with a seating capacity of up to 19,500 fans at Denzili Atatürk Stadium.

"I talked with Darryl last weekend and he is excited about the next step in his professional career," stated Liberty Head Coach Jeff Alder. "He has gained some great experience playing in Holland and now playing a key role in World Cup qualifying for Trinidad. I feel his career is headed in the right direction and expect big things from him this year."

As part of the Turkish Football Federation's Süper Lig, the Kulubu have gained international recognition in recent years, when their fifth-place finish in 2002 qualified them for a berth in the UEFA Cup. That year, the team made a surprising tournament run, defeating other European teams like FC Lorient, Sparta Prague and Olympique Lyonnais, before losing in the fourth round to FC Porto, who would eventually go on to win the tournament. In anticipation of a promising season, the green and black hope to improve on last year's seventh-place finish by adding Roberts to their roster.

Roberts played soccer at Liberty from 2002-2006. He tallied 36 goals and 22 assists for 94 points during his Flames' career, finishing his tenure as the school's all-time leading soccer. In 2002, he earned Freshman All-American honors, leading the nation with 17 goals. In 2005 and 2006, he was named to the South Atlantic All-Region team, and the forward was a four-time member of the All-Big South squad.

Since moving on from Liberty, Roberts has played professionally with Sparta Rotterdam of the Dutch League. In addition, he has been a member of the Trinidad & Tobago National Team along with another former Flame Osei Telesford, during qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.