The Portland Timbers’ preseason does not start until January 25th, but No. 4 draft pick Jeremy Ebobisse should arrive in camp looking sharp after another call up to the United States Men’s National Team U-20’s for the young forward.
The U-20’s, helmed by head coach Tab Ramos, will hold their January camp in preparation for the U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament; starting today, Jan. 15, the camp runs until Monday, Jan. 23.
Ebobisse is no stranger to the U-20, having been capped eight times for the youth national team and scoring five goals in the process, including three in a 5-3 loss to the Netherlands U-20’s. Those five goals — as well as the three assists that he has notched — make Ebobisse the U-20’s points leader in 2016 by a wide margin.
Of course, those are the numbers for official competitions. Ebobisse has been even more prolific in the numerous tournaments in which the U-20’s compete. Of the U-20’s 15 official and unofficial games in 2016, Ebobisse played in twelve and started eight, scoring nine total goals over the course of the year.
The rest of the U-20’s roster features a smattering of MLS players, including fellow 2017 draftees Jonathan Lewis and Miles Robinson. Also representing the league are defenders Hugo Arellano, Justin Glad, Eric Palmer-Brown, Tommy Redding, and Auston Trusty; midfielders Danny Acosta, Coy Craft, and Sebastian Saucedo; and forward Brandon Vasquez.