DURHAM, N.C.—Former Duke men's soccer player Jeremy Ebobisse recently was selected to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team 21-player roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup as announced by U.S. Soccer May 9. The tournament runs from May 20-June 11 in Korea Republic.
Ebobisse, a two-year starter for the Blue Devils before pursuing his professional opportunities in 2016, has been a mainstay with the U-20 Men's National Team for the past year. In qualifying action Ebobisse played and started in five of the six games for the red, white and blue. In pool play, he went the distance for the United States and provided assists in wins over Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis.
He secured his first career hat trick in a U.S. jersey, scoring three goals against Netherlands in a friendly in October. Ebobisse started two of the three games in Europe as the United States fell to Germany, England and Netherlands in the friendlies.
In January, Ebobisse was selected by Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers with the No. 4 overall pick in the annual MLS SuperDraft. He has since played in one game for the Timbers, seeing seven minutes of action. Ebobisse has been on the 18-player bench in three games, including the most recent game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
A talented striker, 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. He was an All-ACC third team pick in 2015 and voted to the NSCAA All-South Region second team.
An initial portion of the team departs for training camp in Japan on May 10, where remaining players will meet the group prior to the team's arrival in Korea Republic on May 17.
The U.S. was drawn into Group F with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. The team opens group play against Ecuador on May 22 (4 a.m. ET), followed by matches with Senegal on May 25 (7 a.m. ET) and Saudi Arabia on May 28 (5 a.m. ET). The first two games will be played at Incheon Stadium in Incheon, while the third and final group game will be played at Daejeon World Cup Stadium in Daejeon. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FS1.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur FC; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Las Cruces, N.M.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal FC; Bethesda, Md.)
FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC Academy; Tucker, Ga.) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah)