William Yarbrough

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William Yarbrough
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Yarbrough in 2015
Personal information
Full name William Paul Yarbrough Story
Date of birth (1989-03-20) March 20, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Aguascalientes City, Mexico
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 25
Youth career
1995–2004 Gallos de Aguascalientes
2005–2010 Pachuca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Pachuca 0 (0)
2010–2011Tampico Madero (loan) 38 (0)
2011Titanes Tulancingo (loan) 21 (0)
2012–2013León (loan) 9 (0)
2013– León 159 (0)
National team
2007 Mexico U20 0 (0)
2015– United States 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 10, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 2, 2018

William Paul Yarbrough Story (born March 20, 1989) is a Mexican-born American soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Liga MX club León[1] and for the United States national team.

Personal life[edit]

Yarbrough was born and raised in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico,[2] to American parents who emigrated from Texas in the 1980s.[3] Since he was born in Mexico, he is a Mexican national as well. His parents are missionaries Lee Yarbrough and Stacey Story, who decided to live in Mexico, after having their honeymoon there.[4] Yarbrough has three brothers, two older and one younger. Unlike William Yarbrough, his siblings live in the U.S. and not in Mexico.[citation needed]

He is a devout Christian.[5]

Club career[edit]

Yarbrough in 2014


Yarbrough started his career at six years old with Gallos de Aguascalientes. In 2005, he was invited for a trial with the under 17 team of C.F. Pachuca and later signed at the age of sixteen for the team.[6] He played until April 2010 for the youth squad of Pachuca and was loaned out to his first senior team, Jaibos Tampico Madero.[7] He was on loan until July 2011, participating in 38 matches during the Segunda División de México 2010–2011 season. In summer 2011 he joined Titanes Tulancingo on another loan.[8]


During the 2012–2013 season, he was loaned out to Club León from Pachuca, and did not play a league match during the 2012 Apertura tournament. Yarbrough played his only match in the first round of the Copa MX Apertura against Dorados de Sinaloa. Yarbrough was the starting goalkeeper for León until the end of the 2013 Clausura tournament, playing 8 matches.[9]

Yarbrough eventually joined León on a permanent basis, becoming their starting goalkeeper for most matches of both the Apertura and Clausura over the following seasons, and helped León to two Liga MX titles.[10] In the 2015 Apertura and 2016 Clausura, Yarbrough led León to a third-place finish, while leading all Liga MX goalkeepers in both saves and clean sheets.[11]

In May, 2018, León acquired Rodolfo Cota. Cota took over as the starting goalkeeper. Yarbrough started four matches late in 2018, and has not played at in 2019 (as of April 6).

International career[edit]

In 2007, Yarbrough received a call up to the Mexico U20 national team. In an interview, Yarbrough said though he played for Mexico U20, he has no preference between the two national teams as he is eligible to represent both. Despite choosing to play for the Mexican Federation in 2007; he ended up accepting an offer to the U.S. national team.[12][13][14]

Yarbrough earned his first callup to the United States national team in March 2015. He appeared in the bench when the United States played against Denmark on March 25, 2015. Yarbrough substituted Nick Rimando in the beginning of the second half against Switzerland on March 31 to earn his first cap. Yarbrough conceded one goal against Switzerland; the game ended in a 1–1 draw. In his second appearance for the United States, Yarbrough was subbed in for Rimando at halftime during a friendly against Mexico on April 15, 2015. He had two saves in the 2–0 victory for the U.S.[15]

Yarbrough made his 3rd appearance for the USMNT in a friendly match against New Zealand which ended in a 1-1 draw.




  1. ^ A host of American players gear up for Liga MX – Terra USA. Sports.terra.com. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  2. ^ Ficha de WILLIAM YARBROUGH – BDFA Argentina. Bdfa.com.ar. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2012/07/19/american-exports-leóns-mexico-born-gk-william-yarbrough-has-us-roots-passport
  4. ^ https://newfrontierstogether.org/team-member/lee-yarbrough/
  5. ^ What USMNT gets with Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough published by Tom Marshall on March 20, 2015
  6. ^ Gringo Report: Mexico-born GK Yarbrough has US roots. Mlssoccer.com (July 19, 2012). Retrieved on 2015-12-02.
  7. ^ Marcelino Bernal fue elegido por Pachuca, como entrenador de la Jaiba Brava de cara al Clausura 2011.
  8. ^ Ruta:..: Titanes Recibe A Universidad Autónoma Del Edo. Periodicoruta.com. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  9. ^ *William YarbroughLiga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  10. ^ Klinsmann looks beyond Tim Howard, Brad Guzan as U.S prepares for new era. ESPNFC.com. Retrieved on 2016-10-06.
  11. ^ 2016 Clausura Liga MX Stats: Goalkeeping. FoxSports.com. Retrieved on 2016-10-05.
  12. ^ American Exports: León's Mexico-born GK William Yarbrough has US roots. Mlssoccer.com (July 19, 2012). Retrieved on 2015-12-02.
  13. ^ Yarbrough, un capítulo más en la fuga de talento. Deportes.televisa.com. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  14. ^ I'm 100 percent Mexican – William Yarbrough. Mediotiempo.com. Retrieved on December 2, 2015.
  15. ^ U.S. Men's National Team vs. Mexico | MatchCenter. Matchcenter.mlssoccer.com (April 15, 2015). Retrieved on 2015-12-02.

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