DURHAM, N.C.—The exciting offseason continued for Duke men’s soccer as former Blue Devil Jeremy Ebobisse earned his first U.S. Men’s National Team cap and the 1986 NCAA Championship team was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame over the weekend.
Ebobisse Earns Start for U.S. Men’s National Team
After being called into camp by first-year head coach Gregg Berhalter, Jeremy Ebobisse got the start on the left wing for the U.S. in a January friendly against Panama Sunday. Ebobisse played 66 minutes for the United States, creating attacking chances from the left.
A two-year starter at striker for the Blue Devils, the Bethesda, Md., native played in 38 games and started 30 of those. He finished his collegiate career with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points and was taken fourth overall by the Portland Timbers in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Jeremy Ebobisse became the sixth player from the USA’s 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup squad to earn a cap with the MNT. The others: Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown and Josh Sargent.
John Kerr and 1986 Team Inducted into North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame
Duke men’s soccer head coach John Kerr and the entire 1986 NCAA Championship team had an exciting weekend. Both were inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame – Kerr as an individual and the 1986 squad as an overall team. They were among the six inductees being honored.
Kerr, the 1986 Hermann Trophy winner as the nation’s best player, will add yet another Hall of Fame honor to his resume, while the 1986 team, Duke’s first NCAA Championship program in school history, will complete the list of five inductees on the night.
After compiling a 13-5-1 regular season record, the 1986 Blue Devils rattled off four wins to advance to the NCAA title game against the University of Akron. In a tight game, Tom Stone provided the difference maker in the 47th minute, while center back Kelly Weadock anchored the defense to its 12th shutout of the season and the 1-0 championship victory.
Blue Devils Open Spring Training
Duke opened its offseason training and will play its first game Feb. 12 when it hosts North Carolina FC at 10 a.m., at the training field. It is one of five preseason games for the local USL club. Stay tuned for the full spring slate of games.
Former Blue Devils Being MLS Preseason Training
Sean Davis and Brian White headed to Bradenton, Florida for the first of two preseason camps. The team, which took 35 players, will remain there until Feb. 2. The second camp will take place in Tuscon, Arizona. Davis, a mainstay in the Starting XI, is back for his fifth season, while White looks to remain on the top squad after making his debut halfway through the 2018 MLS campaign.
Carter Manley is back with Minnesota United FC after starting four games and playing in eight overall in his rookie season. The stalwart outside back played 502 minutes overall and registered one assist.
Sebastien Ibeagha will have the trip of a lifetime ahead of him as he joins 29 other players from New York City FC to Abu Dhabi. In addition to preseason training, the team will take on FC Copenhagen and AIK in friendly matches on February 3 and February 8 respectively.