The San Jose Earthquakes acquired Portland Timbers standout forward Jeremy Ebobisse for $1.167 million in General Allocation Money on Thursday.
Portland will received $667,000 in 2022 and $500,000 in 2023 for Ebobisse, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
San Jose said Ebobisse agreed to a contract extension through the 2024 season. Ebobisse is making $600,000 in base salary this season, according to the MLS Players Association salary database.
“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Jeremy to San Jose,” San Jose technical director Chris Leitch said in a statement. “Jeremy is an exciting young player with significant MLS experience and a proven track record for scoring goals. We think he’ll be a great leader for our team and a great ambassador for our community.”
The move gives the Earthquakes another scoring threat up front to build around with 17-year-old All-Star Cade Cowell.
Ebobisse has scored 23 goals over the past 2 1/2 seasons, including four in 13 matches (11 starts) this season. The 24-year-old had 26 goals and eight assists in 88 matches (54 starts) in 4 1/2 seasons with Portland.
“As an individual, I look at them and I see a unified group that’s all going in one direction, through thick and thin, always backing each other,” Ebobisse said of the Earthquakes in a news release. “I want to add my personality to the group, learn from everyone that’s already there, and try to add what I bring to the table on the field. It’s an exciting project, in which there’s a lot of faith in me to score a lot of goals. Ultimately I want to help the team in every way possible.”
The Timbers said it was tough to part with such a young, productive player like Ebobisse.
“The decision to trade a player that’s had Jeremy Ebobisse’s impact can never be taken lightly,” Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson said in a news release. “We know what he has meant to our team, club, and community.
“Our partnership with Jeremy has always been true to what’s best for all parties. This decision allows Jeremy to continue pursuing his career objectives while putting this club in a stronger position to manage its roster commitments going forward through acquiring a considerable amount of allocation money.”
–Field Level Media