DURHAM, N.C.—After a loss to open the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, former Blue Devil Jeremy Ebobisse and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team made history by claiming the nation’s first CONCACAF U-20 Championship as well as a bid to the U-20 World Cup. The U.S. captured the trophy by beating Honduras 5-3 on penalty kicks after a scoreless 120 minutes.
Ebobisse, a starting striker for the United States, played and started in five of the six games for the red, white and blue. In pool play, the recent Portland Timbers pick, went the distance for the United States and provided assists in wins over Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis. The two victories helped the U.S. advance out of its bracket to play Mexico in the second round of the championship.
Looking to keep its hopes alive for a spot in the U-20 World Cup, the United States upset Mexico 1-0 on a goal from Erik Palmer-Brown in the 29th minute. The win over El Tri was the first for the U-20 Men’s National Team in an official U-20 match since 1986. Ebobisse played 57 minutes in the win, coming off as the United States focused on preserving the 1-0 win.
Ebobisse did not play in the next game against El Salvador as the United States clinched a spot in the U-20 World Cup with a 2-1 victory.
The former Blue Devil joined the starting XI again in the title game against Honduras, playing 79 minutes, as the United States battled its way to a 5-3 win in penalty kicks.
The U-20 MNT now prepares for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup set to take place May 20-June 11 in Korea Republic, and will learn their group opponents during the tournament draw on March 15.