EiF Exclusive Interview: Jeremy Ebobisse

Jeremy Ebobisse

While traveling to Portland for the EiF Road Trip Project, Thomas had the chance to catch up with Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse. The two walked around the city and checked out Providence Park while talking about MLS, U20 World Cup, and Jeremy’s rapid rise to MLS stardom.


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“The quality on the ball is much higher. You can’t get away with a slow-rolling pass. You can’t always get away with taking two touches. You’ve got to be able to play one touch across 20 or 40 yards sometimes and with a lot of players around you, and that’s really hard.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse

“In college, when the game slows down and the players that will eventually go to the MLS finally can dribble around and stuff… They can’t do that anymore.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse

“I don’t think the MLS gets enough credit for the types of players that it does attract and the type of soccer that certain teams do play.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse

“CONCACAF is a lot harder than it looks because the teams are really chippy and physical, and that breaks up good play. When we went to the U20 World Cup, Germany was struggling against Mexico… These European teams, they play great football. It’s nice; they keep the ball on the ground. They’re really, really good tactically and technically, but sometimes they lack the physical side. And that’s why players like Alexis Sanchez and [Arturo] Vidal are so successful. They have a different chip on their shoulder.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse

“CONMEBOL is the best confederation in the world right now.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse

“The timing of [being called up to the U20 National Team] was unfortunate in that I was drafted to a new team and I had to leave right away. That definitely put me behind here… But the 20’s is so invaluable, that experience. Having played in a World Cup Round of 16, Quarterfinal, I feel that much more ready for an MLS game.” 

– Jeremy Ebobisse

“A year ago I played against Southampton’s first team… I remember being super intimidated, stepping onto the field with Virgil Van Dijk and James Ward-Prowse and those guys, because at the time I just felt like an inexperienced kid… The little experiences I have had since have made it so that if I did step onto the field [with famous players], I wouldn’t be in awe.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse

“I know that when my time comes I’ll be ready because I’m working a lot with the coaching staff and some of the other players, just catching up and getting to know them, but also getting to know the parts of my game that they want me to improve. I think once I show that I have improved in those capacities, I think I’ll get more chances.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse

“I think it’s every player’s dream to play in a Champions League game or something like that, but I need to make my mark on the MLS as well.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse

[Cristiano] Ronaldo is a product of how hard you can work to become the most complete athlete and soccer player possible.”

– Jeremy Ebobisse