April 17, 2007
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Former UC Santa Barbara two-time All-Far West selection Bryan Byrne signed a professional contract with Major League Soccer's New England Revolution last Friday, while Kyle Reynish, the Gauchos' career goals against average leader, signed to play for Real Salt Lake. Per MLS and team policy, terms of either deal were not released.
Byrne will occupy one of the Revolution's four senior international roster spots, pending approval of a work visa. The Castledermot, Ireland native became the eighth Gaucho drafted by an MLS side in the last five years when he was selected by New England in the third round (38th overall) of the 2007 SuperDraft in January.
A four-year letterwinner at UCSB, Bryne played an instrumental role in the Gauchos run to the program's first-ever national championship in 2006, scoring three goals and dishing out a team-high 10 assists last season. He was selected to the All-College Cup Team following a 2-1 win over UCLA in the final match. Byrne completed his career in Santa Barbara with 11 goals and 19 assists for a total of 41 points. A two-time All-Big West selection, he was named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region Third Team in 2005 and 2006.
Reynish signs with Real Salt Lake after being chosen as the 43rd overall pick in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. The native of Valencia, Calif. has already seen extensive time on the RSL Reserve squad and traveled with the team to Madrid, Spain in March.
A two-time all-conference selection and the Big West's Co-Goalkeeper of the Year in 2006, Reynish spent every minute between the posts for the Gauchos over the past two seasons, posting a goals against average of 0.81 last year - the lowest in program history. He is currently third on the UCSB all-time shutout list with 24 and fourth in matches played with 57. Reynish was tremendous during the Gauchos' title run, producing two of the best performances of his career against Wake Forest and the Bruins in the College Cup. For his career, Reynish recorded 180 saves and a record of 33-13-4.
The Revolution will play at the Columbus Crew Thursday and FC Dallas Sunday, while Real Salt Lake will host the Kansas City Wizards this Wednesday before playing at Chivas USA Saturday.
In other Gaucho soccer news, midfielder Tyler Rosenlund joined the professional ranks last month with Atvidabergs FF of the Swedish league Sperettan.
Rosenlund tallied nine goals and 16 assists in a total of 61 games during his three seasons at UCSB. The native of Port Coquitlam, B.C. was fifth on the squad in 2006 with four goals and four assists for a total of 12 points. His most memorable performance came in Santa Barbara's Elite 8 matchup with Northwestern November 25 when he scored all three goals, leading the Gauchos back from a 2-1 halftime deficit. The 3-2 victory sent UCSB to a second College Cup in three years. A two-time All-Big West selection, Rosenlund was named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List in 2005.