DURHAM, N.C.—With just over a week until the current Duke men’s soccer team returns to campus to begin preseason training for the 2017 season, GoDuke.com is going to take a look at how the former Blue Devils are faring in the professional ranks.
Duke features five former players currently on Major League Soccer rosters and three in the coaching or front office ranks. A trio of Blue Devils is playing in either the North American Soccer League or the United Soccer League.
Sean Davis | M | New York Red Bulls
- Has helped Red Bulls to 11-8-2 overall record to sit in fourth in the Eastern Conference Standings.
- Davis has played in 15 games with 11 starting assignments, including each of the past four games He owns a goal and an assist on the year and has played a total of 957 minutes. His 11 starts at the halfway point of this season match his total from last season and he is just 151 minutes shy of equaling his time from the 2016 campaign.
Jeremy Ebobisse | F | Portland Timbers
- The Portland Timbers are 8-8-7 overall and sit in fourth place in the Western Conference.
- Ebobisse has seen action in five games with one starting assignment. In his first career start, the rookie striker netted his first career goal and provided the game winning assist to lift the Timbers to a 2-1 victory over Vancouver.
- Overall, he has been on the bench for 22 games and has played 122 minutes overall. He most recently came off the bench to play 18 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Houston.
Mike Grella | M | New York Red Bulls
- With Davis, Grella has helped Red Bulls to a fourth-place standing in the Eastern Conference with an 11-8-2 overall record.
- Battling injuries throughout the season, Grella has seen time in eight games with three starts. Overall, he has played 362 minutes. His most recent action was a start and 75 minutes on the field in a 1-0 setback to Montreal.
Zach Mathers | M | Seattle Sounders
- The Sounders are 8-7-7 overall and in fifth place in the Western Conference. The club has a one-point edge on Vancouver, but two games at hand.
- Mathers has yet to see time in a regular season game for the Sounders, but earned the start in the U.S. Open Cup win over Portland. Mathers executed perfectly the winning penalty kick in the 2-1 win and played 72 minutes overall.
- Overall, the second-year player has been on the 18-player roster for 12 games this season.
Andrew Wenger | M | Houston Dynamo
- Houston is a much improved club in 2017, sporting a 9-7-6 overall record and holding the third spot down in the Western Conference standings.
- Wenger has played in 16 of the 22 games with eight starting assignments. He owns two goals and an assist, with his goal against DC United being the club’s 1,000th MLS goal. He also scored th third fastest goal in Dynamo history in the 52nd second in a 3-1 win over Montreal July 5. He has started the past five games and six of the previous eight for the Dynamo. Wenger has totaled 722 minutes overall and has two goals and an assist at the midway point of 2017.
- The MLS veteran also scored a goal in the 3-2 win over North Carolina FC in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Jay Heaps | Head Coach | New England Revolution
- Heaps’ Revolution squad has struggled at times this season and sits two spots out of the playoffs with a 7-9-5 overall record. The club is six points behind sixth-place Columbus for the final playoff spot at the midway point of the season. The Revs are on a two-game win streak before the short MLS All-Star break.
Jason Kreis | Head Coach | Orlando City
- Kreis, in his second season as head coach, has Orlando in fighting position for a playoff spot. Orlando sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and is two points behind Crew SC.
Sebastien Ibeagha | D | San Antonio FC
- Has been a standout on defense for San Antonio, which sits in second place with an 11-1-7 overall record in the USL.
- Ibeagha has started all 19 games and gone the distance in each of them. He is the anchor of the defense with 133 clearances, 37 interceptions and a 64 percent success rate on tackles. He also is winning nearly 70 percent of his aerial duals.
- With Ibeagha holding down the center back position, San Antonio has conceded just 10 goals in 19 games and has 11 shutouts.
Christian Ibeagha | D | North Carolina
- North Carolina FC just kicked off the NASL fall season, battling Puerto Rico FC to a 1-1 draw. It finished the spring season with a 6-3-7 overall record for fifth place.
- Ibeagha has played in all 17 games during the 2017 seasons and all 1,530 minutes. He has 36 clearances and 16 interceptions.
Darrius Barnes | D | NY Cosmos
- The NY Cosmos finished the fall portion of the NASL season with a 6-6-4 overall record for third place. The club won its first game of the fall season with a 3-1 victory over Miami FC.
- Barnes, after signing with the Cosmos in March, has played in nine games and 761 minutes overall. He has 35 clearances and 15 interceptions as a defender.