Raybould, Dobson sign with Wizards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Wizards General
Manager Curt Johnson announced today the signings of midfielder Ryan
Raybould and defender Daniel Dobson to the Wizards developmental roster. The
duo join three Wizards draftees and two returning players on the
developmental roster in advance of the 2005 MLS season opener this weekend.

"With an expanded regular season and our first ear of Reserve League play,
the opportunities for young talented players have never been more abundant,"
said Johnson. "Each of these players will have the opportunity to develop
under Bob Gansler and Brian Bliss. Both are fantastic teachers of the game
and have helped us to develop many young players over the past five-plus

Raybould, a 21-year old midfielder, was a four year starter at Yale
University, serving as the team captain his senior year. He started 65 of 66
games he appeared in during his collegiate career and was a first-team
All-Ivy selection as a senior and a two-time honorable mention All-Ivy
selection. A product of Leawood, Kansas, Raybould attended Rockhurst High
School and helped lead his team to the Missouri State Final Four as a junior
and senior, winning the State Championship during his junior year.

Dobson was a standout defender/midfielder for the University of
Memphis. The 21 year old served as the Tigers captain his senior year and
helped lead them to an impressive 16-3-1 record, capturing the Conference
USA Championship and earning a berth in the NCAA tournament. As a senior,
Dobson registered career highs for goals (5), assists (7) and points (17).

The duo join three other players on the Wizards developmental roster
who were acquired during the MLS SuperDraft and Supplemental draft earlier
this year including forward Ryan Pore and midfielders John-Minagawa-Webster
and Doug Lascody.

Pore, a Generation adidas player, was drafted by the Wizards in the second
round (16th overall) of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. The 21-year-old led the
nation in scoring as a junior at the University of Tulsa last fall and will
be counted on to add depth to the Wizards front line.

Minagawa-Webster, 22, was selected in the fourth round (47th overall) of the
2005 MLS SuperDraft out of Michigan State. The young midfielder showed
promise during the preseason but suffered a strained MCL in his right knee
earlier this month and will miss another two weeks.

Lascody, a 21-year-old midfielder, was drafted in the third round (35th
overall) of the 2005 MLS Supplemental draft. The Springfield, IL native was
a solid contributor for Southwest Missouri State and was among the nations
leaders in assists his senior year.

Two players who were part of the Wizards developmental roster last
season have been re-signed and will join the developmental roster for the
2005 season. Forward Justin Detter, who was a fifth round pick by the
Wizards in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, and defender Brian Roberts, who was
signed to the developmental roster in June of last year, will open the 2005
campaign on the Wizards 10-man reserve team.

Detter appeared in six regular season matches for Kansas City, including two
starts. He also contributed during the Wizards run to the 2004 U.S. Open Cup
Championship appearing in three of the four matched in the tournament and
scored a goal against Dallas in the quarterfinals.

With the Wizards signing of 2004 A-League "Best XI" defender Dustin Branan
last month, the Wizards current developmental roster is comprised of eight
players. Each MLS team is allowed ten developmental players at one time and
players can be added or released from the developmental roster at any time
during the season.

The Kansas City Wizards will kickoff the 2005 MLS regular season this
weekend against the Colorado Rapids, opening their 10th season at Arrowhead
Stadium, with kickoff at 7:00 p.m. CT. The reigning Western Conference
Champion Wizards begin a new era in 2005 as they move to and compete in the
Eastern Conference for the first time. The Wizards join the Chicago Fire,
Columbus Crew, D.C. United, the MetroStars and New England Revolution in the
Eastern Conference, while the two expansion teams, CD Chivas USA and Real
Salt Lake, join the Western Conference.


Position: Midfielder

Number: 26

Height: 5-11

Weight: 155

Born: May 30, 1983

Hometown: Leawood, KS

College: Yale

Acquired: Signed as developmental discovery player, 3/22/05


Position: Defender

Number: 25

Height: 6-2

Weight: 195

Born: April 20, 1983

Hometown: Garland, TX

College: Memphis

Acquired: Signed as developmental discovery player, 3/22/05

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