Marcus Epps (soccer)

Roderick Marcus Epps (born January 16, 1995) is an American soccer player who most recently played as a winger for the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.

Marcus Epps
Personal information
Full name Roderick Marcus Epps
Date of birth (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995
Place of birth Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
2011–2012 Chicago Fire
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 USF Bulls 75 (8)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Chicago Fire U-23 19 (3)
2017–2018 Philadelphia Union 32 (3)
2017–2018Bethlehem Steel (loan) 25 (3)
2019 New York Red Bulls 3 (0)
2019New York Red Bulls II (loan) 19 (2)
2019Memphis 901 (loan) 15 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 23, 2019

Career

Youth and college

Epps played four years of college soccer at the University of South Florida between 2013 and 2016, making 75 appearances and scoring 8 goals.[1]

While at college, Epps also appeared for Premier Development League side Chicago Fire U-23 in 2014 and 2015.[2]

Professional

Philadelphia Union

On January 13, 2017, Epps was selected 25th overall in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union.[3] He signed with the club on February 6, 2017.[4] Epps made his professional debut on April 1, 2017, while on loan with the Union's United Soccer League affiliate Bethlehem Steel, playing 90 minutes in a 3–2 loss to Rochester Rhinos.[5] On May 27, 2017 Epps made his MLS debut, appearing as a second half substitute in a 1–0 loss to Real Salt Lake.[6] Epps scored his first goal as a professional on June 14, 2017, helping Philadelphia to a 3–1 victory over Harrisburg City Islanders in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[7] On July 26, 2017 he scored his first league goal in a 3–0 victory over Columbus Crew.[8]

New York Red Bulls

On December 12, 2018, Epps was selected by New York Red Bulls as the first pick in the MLS Waiver Draft.[9] New York traded a second-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft to San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for the first pick in the Waiver Draft.[10] On March 2, 2019, Epps made his debut with the club, appearing as a starter in a 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew on the opening day of the season.[11]

During the 2019 season Epps was sent on loan to New York Red Bulls II and on March 9, 2019 in his first match with the side, scored one goal and assisted on another in a 3–1 victory over Swope Park Rangers.[12]

On August 2, 2019, Epps was loaned to USL Championship side Memphis 901 FC.[13]

Career statistics

As of July 7, 2019
Club Season League Playoffs US Open Cup CONCACAF Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Bethlehem Steel 2017 131000000131
2018 122000000122
Total 253000000253
Philadelphia Union 2017 192002100213
2018 131003100162
Total 323005200375
New York Red Bulls 2019 3000000030
New York Red Bulls II 2019 141000000141
Career total 747005200799

References

  1. "Marcus Epps - Men's Soccer". USF Athletics. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  2. "PDL Alum Epps Signs MLS Deal with Union". uslleaguetwo.com. February 6, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  3. "Union trade up for MF Marcus Epps, snag RB Aaron Jones in MLS SuperDraft". NBC Sports Philadelphia. January 13, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  4. "Philadelphia Union Sign 25th Overall Pick Marcus Epps". February 6, 2017.
  5. "BETHLEHEM STEEL FC BATTLES BACK BEFORE FALLING LATE TO ROCHESTER RHINOS IN OPENER". bethlehemsteelfc.com. April 1, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. Born, Jacob (May 31, 2017). "Marcus Epps makes MLS debut at Real Salt Lake". philadelphiaunion.com. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  7. Lebor, Ashton (June 14, 2017). "Epps scores first professional goal, Union advances in US Open Cup". philadelphiaunion.com. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  8. Zeitlin, Dave (July 27, 2017). "Marcus Epps gets a shot, takes a bunch of others, caps it with 1st MLS goal". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  9. "Marco Ureña among four players selected in 2018 Waiver Draft". December 12, 2018.
  10. "New York Red Bulls Move Up in Waiver Draft, Select Marcus Epps | New York Red Bulls".
  11. "New York Red Bulls Grab Point in Columbus". March 2, 2019.
  12. "NYRB II Defeat Swope Park Rangers in Home Opener". newyorkredbulls.com. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  13. https://www.uslchampionship.com/news_article/show/1038872
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