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Duke in the Pros Update: Goals, Promotions & Firsts

DURHAM – Several former members of the Duke men’s soccer program have made waves in their professional soccer tenures this year, with six Blue Devils competing in Major League Soccer and several more throughout the world.

MLS

Duke men’s soccer alumni have been having huge campaigns in the early portion of the 2022 Major League Soccer season. Perhaps no one has had a better start than Jeremy Ebobisse, who sits in a tie with Jesus Ferreira of FC Dallas for the league lead in goals at nine.

Ebobisse’s most recent appearance for the San Jose Earthquakes saw him score a brace against fellow Blue Devil alumni Sebastien Ibeagha and Los Angeles FC. That has not deterred LAFC however, as Ibeagha and his side lead the Western Conference at 29 points.

It has been a strong start to the MLS careers of newcomers Thorleifur Ulfarsson and Ian Murphy. Ulfarsson registered his first MLS goal with Houston Dyanmo on May 22 in a 3-0 win over LA Galaxy and has played in 14 games, making three starts.

Murphy has been an active addition to FC Cincinnati’s roster, playing in 10 games and making nine starts, tallying over 700 minutes so far. Murphy also recorded his first MLS goal earlier this season, scoring the game’s opening goal in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on April 30.

After agreeing to long-term contracts in the offseason, Sean Davis and Brian White continue to have large impacts with their respective clubs. Davis has maintained his reputation as a workhorse with his new side Nashville SC, registering an assist and playing 1,172 minutes over 14 games. White has continued to score with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, scoring two goals in eight games.

The Blue Devils have also made noise beyond the pitch, as several alumni have made their marks in the front office. Garth Lagerwey has continued his role as general manager of Seattle Sounders FC, who became the first MLS team to win a CONCACAF Champions League title, when they beat Mexico’s UNAM on May 4.

Darrius Barnes was recently named the president of Charlotte FC’s MLS NEXT Pro Team which is set to debut in 2023. Ali Curtis has also joined the MLS Next Pro family, being named the Senior Vice President of Competition and Operations of MLS Next Pro.

 

Overseas

Former Blue Devils goalie James Belshaw led Bristol Rovers to a promotion from English Football League Two to EFL League One, recording 17 clean sheets across the season. His efforts earned him the Bristol Rovers FC Player of the Year award. Belshaw and Bristol Rovers will open their League One campaign in August.

In Scotland, Ciaran McKenna‘s Patrick Thistle finished the season in fourth place in the Scottish Championship, earning a spot in the Scottish Premiership playoffs, but were unable to secure promotion. McKenna notched a goal and two assists on the season. Markus Fjørtoft and Ayr United finished in eighth.

Macario Hing-Glover begins a new season with Helsinki IFK in Finland, where he has an assist in his first nine games this season.

 

USL

Several former Blue Devils have found new homes in the offseason but are making waves with their new clubs. Carter Manley joined San Antonio FC in the offseason and has helped the club sit in first place in the Western Conference. Manley scored his first goal with the club in dramatic fashion, burying a 96th minute winner in the U.S. Open Cup third round, to help San Antonio upset MLS side Austin FC.

Aedan Stanley joined Miami FC in the offseason and has found a strong role with his new club, picking up his first points with the team with an assist against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Issa Rayyan joined Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC this past winter and has played in four games for the club so far.

Will Pulisic joined USL League One side North Carolina FC on loan from Austin FC and has seen early success in net. Pulisic picked up his first clean sheet against South Georgia Tormenta FC back in April and has seen six starts with the local club.

 

To stay up to date with Blue Devils men’s soccer, follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching “https://goduke.com/news/2022/6/3/DukeMSOC”.

 

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