DURHAM, N.C.—Former Blue Devil Jeremy Ebobisse will step onto a big stage starting this weekend as he and the U.S. Soccer U-20 Men’s National Team vie for a bid to the FIFA U-20 World Cup at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica. The United States opens play Feb. 18 against Panama.
2017 Tournament Format
The tournament begins in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After an initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group will advance to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. In that second group stage, the top two finishers in each group qualify for the U-20 World Cup, and the first-place teams in each group move on to play for the tournament title.
When and How to Watch the USA
In 2017, each of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship games can be watched live on Facebook via the official CONCACAF Facebook page. Univision Deportes Network will also broadcast all of the USA games in Spanish.
The USA opens Group B play against Panama on Feb. 18 (3:30 p.m. ET), followed by Haiti on Feb. 21 (5:30 p.m. ET) and Saint Kitts and Nevis on Feb. 24 (5:30 p.m. ET). Should the USA finish in the top two of the group, they’ll advance to the classification stage to play two more matches on Feb. 27 and March 3, respectively. If the USA finishes atop its classification group, they’ll advance to the final, set to be played on March 5 (4 p.m. ET).
Ebobisse’s Recent History with U-20 MNT
A native of Bethesda, Md., Ebobisse has been a mainstay with the U-20 National Team for the past year. He helped it capture the NTC Invitational this past summer, finishing the three-game tournament held in California with three goals and an assist. He netted the game winner against Japan to finish the weekend.
In a set of International Friendlies in Europe this past fall, the former Duke striker secured his first career hat trick in a U.S. jersey, scoring three goals against Netherlands. Ebobisse started two of the three games in Europe as the United States fell to Germany, England and Netherlands.
Blue Devil Career
A talented striker for the Blue Devils, Ebobisse was Duke’s top scorer his sophomore season before deciding to pursue a professional career prior to his junior campaign. Ebobisse played in 38 games during his two seasons with the Blue Devils, including 30 starts. He tallied seven points from two goals and three assists his rookie campaign and compiled seven goals and four assists for 18 points as a sophomore to finish with nine goals and seven assists for his career. He was an All-ACC third team pick in 2015 and voted to the NSCAA All-South Region second team.
Drafted 4th in MLS SuperDraft
Ebobisse was taken fourth overall by the 2015 MLS Champion Portland Timbers in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. The Portland Timbers traded up with the Houston Dynamo to draft the Bethesda, Md., product. He was the latest Blue Devil to be drafted into the MLS, joining former Blue Devils Darrius Barnes, Sean Davis, Mike Grella, Sebastien Ibeagha and Andrew Wenger in the league.
Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y), Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.)