Sebastien Ibeagha

Sebastien Ibeagha

Position: Defender

Birthdate: January 21, 1992

Status: Academy Protected Player

Birthplace: Warri, Nigeria

High School: Fort Bend Hightower, 2010

College: Duke University

 

OUTLOOK: Intimidating presence in midfield or at back. Dangerous attacking threat on set pieces. College sophomore at Duke University (2011-12). U.S. U-20 international.

2010 DUKE: All-Freshman ACC selection and NSCAA third team all-South Region on defense ... Started 15 of 20 games as a true freshman, missing time only due to injury ... Played center back all season ... Earned first collegiate assist on a corner kick in 4-0 win vs. Furman on 10/26 ... Started five games in which Duke posted shutouts ... Helped Blue Devils to 2-1 NCAA tournament win over Coastal Carolina on 11/18 before Duke fell 1-0 in overtime at South Carolina on 11/21.

2009-10 USSF: Star player appeared in 27 of 29 games and scored six goals to help U-18 squad reach USSF Development Academy playoffs in its first year … Named to the All-Central Conference Starting XI … Played a team-high 2,421 minutes … Began year as central midfielder but moved to center back at the end of the season … Scored in Academy’s first game ever, a 2-0 win vs. Texas Rush at Robertson Stadium on 9/19 … Scored game-winning goal in 89th minute of dramatic 3-2 comeback win at rival FC Dallas on 10/25 to kick-start five-game winning streak … Scored in consecutive wins over Internationals (Cleveland) and the Columbus Crew on 11/21 and 11/22 … Scored in 3-2 loss vs. rival Dallas Texans Houston on 12/16 … Scored decisive goal in 3-1 win vs. Virginia Rush on 5/29 as Dynamo rallied from slow second half to reach USSF playoffs.

2009 EUROPE: Captained Dynamo throughout six-game tour … Played 444 minutes out of 470, second most on the trip … Scored goal to tie match against Villarreal, the best youth program in Spain, on August 15, although the Dynamo eventually lost the match … Assisted on two of Jade George’s three goals in 4-0 win against Rangers on August 9 … Invited to train with Dundee United after performance against Rangers.

2009 SUM U-17 CUP: Started all three group stage games as Dynamo finished fifth at MLS youth championship … Played every minute of three first round games and came on as a substitute in fifth-place playoff against the Los Angeles Galaxy … Converted penalty kick in shootout win over Real Salt Lake on July 5.

FIRST TEAM: Trained regularly with Dynamo first team in summer 2009 … Appeared as a substitute in Dynamo’s 4-0 scrimmage win over the Laredo Heat on April 25, 2009 at age of 17.

INTERNATIONAL: United States U-20 international (7 caps) ... 2011: Was named to U.S. squad for CONCACAF U-20 qualifying tournament and made two appearances, coming on as a sub in 4-0 win vs. Suriname on 3/29 and starting in 2-0 win vs. Panama on 4/2 ... U.S. failed to advance to U-20 World Cup ... Also made two appearances in friendlies at France on 5/17 and 5/19, starting on defense with Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie ... 2010: Earned first call-up in three years for U-20 Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., Nov. 26-28 ... Made international U-20 debut, started at center back, and played 90 minutes in 1-1 tie vs. Colombia on 11/26 ... Also played all 90 minutes in 1-1 tie vs. Mexico on 11/28 and 2-0 win vs. Canada on 12/16 ... 2007: Called to international training camp for the United States U-15 national team in 2007.

AWARDS: 2009 Dynamo Academy Player of the Year, 2009-10 USSF All-Central Conference Starting XI

PERSONAL: Full name is Sebastien Uchechukwu Ibeagha ... Born in Warri, Nigeria ... Family moved to Houston area from Oklahoma in 2008, and Sebastien joined the Dynamo Academy on October 20 … Older brother, Christian, played college soccer at Duke … Son of Christian and Joyce Ibeagha ... mother, Joyce, played professional tennis and father, Christian, played soccer at the University of Nigeria.