Ismaila Jome

Ismaila Jome (born November 4, 1994) is a Gambian footballer who currently plays for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the USL Championship.

Ismaila Jome
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-11-04) November 4, 1994
Place of birth Banjul, Gambia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current team
Colorado Springs Switchbacks
Number 3
Youth career
Prairie Seeds Academy
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 56 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Ventura County Fusion 12 (2)
2015 Portland Timbers U23s 4 (0)
2016 Minnesota United (NASL) 9 (1)
2017 Minnesota United 12 (0)
2018 Nashville SC 18 (0)
2019– Colorado Springs Switchbacks 34 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2019

Career

Early life and youth career

Jome was born on November 4, 1994, in Banjul, Gambia, to Jainaba Jobe and Dodou Jome.[1][2][3][4] At a young age, he relocated and was raised in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.[4][5] He attended high school at Prairie Seeds Academy, where he was named the 2012 Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association's "Mr. Soccer" in his senior year.[6][7]

Jome attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a student-athlete for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer team.[8] He made an immediate impact in his first year where he played and started in 21 games, scored 2 goals, and added 7 assists.[9] He was named as the 2013 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and to the conference's first team in addition to Soccer America's All-Freshman team.[10][11] His sophomore campaign saw him appear in 18 more games, 17 of which he started, while adding a goal and 5 assists.[12] He was once again named First Team All-Big West Conference in 2014.[13] In 2015, Jome appeared in 16 games, starting 9, and scored 3 goals with 3 assists.[14] He left UCSB after his junior year to pursue a professional soccer career. While in college, Jome played for Ventura County Fusion of the Premier Development League in 2014 and 2015. He also appeared for Portland Timbers U23s in 2015.

Minnesota United

Jome signed a professional contract with Minnesota United FC which was announced in March 2016.[5][15] He made his professional debut on July 23, 2016, as a 63rd-minute substitute against Fort Lauderdale Strikers and scored his first professional goal just seven minutes later in the 70th minute in a 3-1 victory for Minnesota.[16]

Nashville SC

On May 22, 2018, Jome signed with USL side Nashville SC.[17] On November 14, 2018, Nashville announced that they had not re-signed Jome for the 2019 season.[18]

Honors and awards

Individual

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

Prairie Seeds Academy

  • Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association's "Mr. Soccer" (1): 2012

References

  1. "Ismaila Jome - UC Santa Barbara". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. McLaughlin, Brian (September 4, 2015). "Men's Division I Soccer Features Elite African-Born Talent". HeroSports.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. "Alum Ismaila Jome "Mr. Soccer" 2012 Wins Western Conference Title at UCSB". Prairie Seeds Academy. November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. Levine, Matthew (July 27, 2016). "Ismaila Jome Poised To Make His Mark At Hometown Club". North American Soccer League. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. Greder, Andy (March 4, 2016). "Minnesota United signs homegrown player Ismaila Jome". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Saint Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. Quarstad, Brian (October 28, 2012). "Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Associations Mr. & Ms. Soccer 2012". www.InsideMNSoccer.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. "Minnesota United FC rolls 3-1 behind Christian Ramirez, Ish Jome". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Saint Paul, Minnesota. July 23, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. "Youth National Team Members, Top Academy Recruits Join 2013 Gauchos". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. February 6, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. "2013 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer lineup". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  10. "Big West Announces 2013 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team" (PDF). Big West Conference. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. "2013 All-Freshman Teams". Soccer America. Oakland, California. January 15, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  12. "2014 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer lineup". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  13. "Big West Announces 2014 Men's Soccer All-Conference Team" (PDF). Big West Conference. November 7, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  14. "2015 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos men's soccer lineup". UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  15. "United Signs Minnesotan Ismaila Jome". Minnesota United FC. March 4, 2016. Archived from the original on April 6, 2016.
  16. "Match Center: MNUvFTL". North American Soccer League. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  17. <http://www.nashvillesc.com/news_article/show/920186?referrer_id=2591152
  18. https://www.nashvillesc.com/news_article/show/968443
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