United States U20 World Cup Run Ends in Quarterfinals
Former Blue Devil Jeremy Ebobisse and the U.S. Men's Under 20 National Team had a good run at the U20 FIFA World Cup recently, ultimately falling 2-1 in extra time in the quarterfinals to Venezuela. Ebobbise and the Red, White and Blue went unbeaten in group play to win its group and advance to the knockout stage against New Zealand. In the round of 16, the U.S. was dominant, posting a 6-0 victory – tying the USA's record for largest margin of victory at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Ebobisse netted a second-half goal. In the quarterfinal, Ebobisse came off the bench in the 51st minute as the U.S. and Venezuela battled through a scoreless 90 minutes. In extra time, Venezuela scored twice before Ebobisse drew the U.S. within one in the 117th minute. They couldn't get any closer, ending their run at the tournament. Overall, Ebobisse started in the game against New Zealand and came off the bench against both Senegal and Venezuela.
BLUE DEVILS IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Mike Grella – Midfielder – New York Red Bulls
After missing the early portion of the season recovering from an injury, Grella has rejoined the Red Bulls' starting lineup. Grella has played in eight games with three starts for the 6-7-2 Red Bulls. The team is currently in sixth place with 20 points. The former Blue Devil played in the first three games before suffering an injury. He returned to the field May 6 in a 3-0 setback to Philadelphia and made his first start May 19 in a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC.
Sean Davis – Midfielder – New York Red Bulls
Sean Davis has played in 11 games with seven starting assignments in a center midfield role in 2017. Davis started the first three games of the season, helping the Red Bulls to a 2-1 record, and has played the full 90 minutes in two of the past six games. Overall, he has played 618 minutes for the Red Bulls.
Andrew Wenger – Midfielder – Houston Dynamo
Andrew Wenger is in his third season with the Houston Dynamo. After earning the team's Golden Boot award in 2016, Wenger has started three games for the Dynamo and seen action in 11 games overall. He has played in 343 minutes for the Dynamo, which sits in second place in the Western Conference with a 7-6-2 overall record. The 27 goals are the most scored by any team in the Western Conference.
Zach Mathers – Midfielder – Seattle Sounders
Zach Mathers, in his second season in Major League Soccer, has been on the bench of 18 in nine of Seattle's 15 games this season. He also has quality minutes with Sounders 2 of the United Soccer League, starting six games and scoring two goals in 505 minutes. Mathers has yet to step on the field for a MLS regular season game, but scored four goals and three assists in 19 appearances for S2. Mathers also earned short-term agreements with the First Team and made three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearances in his rookie campaign in professional soccer.
Jeremy Ebobisse – Forward – Portland Timbers
Ebobisse has one appearance for the Portland Timbers since being drafted in January. He came off the bench in the final seven minutes in a setback to San Jose. He has been a part of the 18 on the bench for 14 games. He also has played the full 90 in two games for the T2, the Timbers' USL squad.
Jay Heaps – Head Coach – New England Revolution
Former Blue Devil great Jay Heaps is in his sixth season as the head coach of the New England Revolution. Heaps and the Revs currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 5-5-5 overall record. They are 5-0-2 at home and a tough 0-5-3 on the road. The Revolution is coming off of a 3-0 win over Toronto FC at home this past Saturday.
Jason Kreis – Head Coach – Orlando City
Kreis, in his first full season as the head coach, has Orlando City in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-5-3 overall record. It is coming off of a scoreless draw with Chicago Fire despite playing with just 10 players for 40 minutes and nine players for nearly 30. Overall, the club is 6-1-2 at home and 1-4-1 on the road.
BLUE DEVILS IN UNITED and NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE
Christian Ibeagha – Defender – North Carolina FC
Ibeagha has been a mainstay for local club North Carolina FC of the NASL. He has played the full 90 in the back for the team, recorded 18 clearances, six blocks and 12 interceptions in 10 games overall. North Carolina FC currently sits in fourth place with a 4-2-4 overall record. The club is just two points out of second place.
Sebastien Ibeagha – Defender – San Antonio FC
Sebastien Ibeagha is having an outstanding season so far with San Antonio FC. The center back recently was nominated for the USL's Player of the Month in May. He has helped San Antonio to a 9-0-3 record and a tie for first place in the Western Conference. Ibeagha has played in all 12 games and played all 1080 minutes. He has recorded 82 clearances, five blocks and 26 interceptions. In the month of May alone, Ibeagha helped San Antonio FC to four shutouts, recording 26 clearances and nine interceptions in the month.
Darrius Barnes – Defender – New York Cosmos
Barnes, after completing his MLS career with the New England Revolution, joined the New York Cosmos of the NASL in March of 2017. He has played and started four games and played a total of 327 minutes. The New York Cosmos currently sit in third place with a 4-4-1 overall record, five points out of first place.
BLUE DEVILS IN EUROPE
James Belshaw – Goalkeeper – Harrogate
Departed Tamworth FC in May and joined Harrogate Town FC. Started 31 games during the 2016-17 campaign, going 14-12-5 overall and posting four shutouts. Harrogate Town FC has not played a game since he signed on with the club.