DURHAM, N.C.—Former Blue Devil Jeremy Ebobisse recently earned one of the best calls of his soccer career as he was called into the U.S. Men’s National Team January Camp. Ebobisse is among the 27 players selected by new head coach Gregg Berhalter.
Ebobisse is among 13 players who are looking for their first cap with the national team. He is one of three forwards called in by Berhalter. 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.
Showing steady improvement since joining MLS, Ebobisse had a breakout season this past year in helping the Timbers to the MLS Cup. He made nine appearances with five starting assignments in the 2018 MLS regular season. He registered two goals and two assists in those nine games. In the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, Ebobisse started six games, scoring a goal and an assist. In his first season with the Timbers in 2017, Ebobisse made 14 appearances (2 starts) tallying a goal and three assists.
Ebobisse, who receives his first call-up to the senior men’s national team, previously represented the United States at the youth level. The Bethesda, Md., native was a member of the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team that won the 2017 Concacaf U-20 Championship, which in turn booked a qualifying spot for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. Ebobisse tallied two goals in three appearances (1 start) for the United States in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, including scoring in a 2-1 loss to Venezuela in the quarterfinals on June 4, 2017.
The camp and matches mark the first for Berhalter since being named head coach in December. The U.S. opens the 2019 campaign against Panama on Jan. 27 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision Networks. The MNT continues preparation for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup one week later when they welcome regional rival Costa Rica to Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. on Feb. 2. FOX and Univision Networks will carry the match at 3:30 p.m. ET.