DC United makes its formal with 16-year-old U.S. captain Durkin

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Updating a previous post, DC United has inked 16-year-old central midfielder/defender Chris Durkin to a Homegrown Player deal.

Durkin is the captain of the United States U-17 national team, and a member of the U.S. residency program.

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DC says Durkin will train with United’s senior team until August, when he’ll join the U.S. for U-17 World Cup preparation.

From DCUnited.com:

“We are excited that Chris will begin his professional career with us,” Dave Kasper, United general manager and VP of soccer operations, said.  “His maturity, ambition and understanding of the game are unparalleled for a player of his age. Under the leadership of Academy Director Nolan Sheldon, Chris rapidly excelled in each of his five years in our Academy and was integrated into first team trainings and friendlies for the past year. Congratulations to Chris on this special day, and to his family for their unwavering commitment to Chris.”

This is a name to monitor. Sure, lots of players flake out but Durkin has attracted interest from overseas (not that that’s justification for hype). The stalwart teenager is part of a class that includes Erik Palmer-Brown of young kids taking different developmental paths.