BO, Sierra Leone – UC Santa Barbara freshman forward Rodney Michael has made his international team debut after appearing for the Sierra Leone U20 National Team during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification in April.
Michael, a native of Freetown, Sierra Leone, competed for the Shooting Stars against Guinea-Bissau in the opening leg of the qualifier. Guinea-Bissau defeated Sierra Leone 1-0 in the opening match on April 1 in Bissau and advanced to the second round on aggregate after a scoreless draw against the Shooting Stars on April 21 in Bo.
The fleet-footed, 5-foot-8 forward burst onto the scene during his first season at UCSB, earning First Team All-Big West and Big West Freshman of the Year honors along with a TopDrawerSoccer.Com All-Freshman First Team selection. Michael, the reigning California Gatorade High School Player of the Year out of Dunn School, lived up to the hype in his debut campaign, leading the Gauchos in nearly every offensive category with eight goals and four assists for 20 points along with 20 shots on goal and 44 total shots.
Michael will look to build on a sensational freshman year as a sophomore in 2018 as the Gauchos look to make a run at the College Cup, which UCSB hosts at Harder Stadium in December. Season tickets as well as College Cup packages are on sale now and can be found online here or by calling the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805-893-UCSB.