On eve of soccer title game, MU’s Roberts glad he stayed

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Jamil Roberts could be getting paid to play soccer right now.

The senior wing from Langport, England, was taken in the third round of the MLS Superdraft by Sporting Kansas City in January, but delayed his entry into the professional ranks by returning to Marshall this spring for his final season of college eligibility.

It’s a decision he doesn’t regret now that he and his Thundering Herd teammates are just one win away from winning the program’s first national championship.

“It’s paid off now, hasn’t it,” he said after Marshall’s 1-0 win against North Carolina on Friday in the NCAA College Cup semifinals.

Roberts scored the game’s only goal, his fourth of the season, on a feed from Vitor Dias and Milo Yosef in the 60th minute at Sahlen’s Stadium to send his team into Monday night’s championship game against Indiana.

He also netted the game-winner in the second half of the Herd’s 1-0 Elite Eight upset of defending national champion Georgetown, once again showing off his ability to be in the right place at the right time by finishing off a deft pass from teammate Dias.

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