July 16, 2008
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids have announced the signing of former Notre Dame All-American Greg Dalby (`07) to their senior roster. Per team and league policies, terms were not disclosed.
Dalby, a midfielder, was originally selected by Colorado with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
"We took a risk when we drafted Greg, knowing he had the ability and desire to play in Europe," said Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo. "That risk paid off today as we have signed a top, up-and-coming midfield talent."
The San Diego area native played this last year for Charleroi in the Belgian first division. A deal to play for Preston North End in England fell through because of work permit problems.
Dalby also had trials with Celtic FC in Scotland, FC Nuremberg in Germany and Siena in Italy.
Dalby has represented the United States at many youth levels. Earlier this year, he was on the U-23 squad that competed in the Toulon Tournament in France. The Notre Dame product also captained the U.S. U-20 team at the World Youth Championships in Holland in 2005.
While at Notre Dame, Dalby earned first team All-America honors in 2005 and 2006. During his time with the Irish, Dalby set a then school record by appearing in 88 straight games, all starts. For his career, he totaled 10 points on four goals and two assists. Dalby helped Notre Dame reach the NCAA Tournament during all four of his seasons, including three trips to the Round of 16 and the program's first visit to the quarterfinals in 2006.
In addition to his All-America accolades, Dalby was a two-time semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's top player. He was also selected as the 2006 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and garnered first-time all-conference honors on two occasions and was a second-team pick once.