Thursday, 15 Nov 2018
Sport

Chris Durkin, a teenager from the D.C., again attracts the interest of Europe

Many European clubs have once again shown a keen interest in DC United midfielder Chris Durkin, although the MLS organization seems not to be selling it this winter after he has resisted the offers from the United States. last year, learned the Insider.

Durkin, 18, had a breathtaking campaign this year. He started 16 games in the regular season, participated in 23 of 34 selections, and matured in his first full year with the first team.

Club names have not been revealed, but Germany, Hanover, and Portugal, Benfica, have been linked to it in the past.

Hanover had declined United's asking price of between $ 1.5 and $ 2 million; the Bundesliga would have placed him in the under-23 team and had exposed him to the first team's training sessions. Benfica's bid, estimated at between $ 600,000 and $ 1 million, was rejected by the central defense organization last winter; Durkin would have joined the second Benfica team.

Offers from unspecified clubs have increased this fall, said a person familiar with the situation, but United seems to believe that Durkin's value will increase in 2019.

In addition to his role at United, Durkin is a candidate for the US team, which is expected to head to the U-20 World Cup in Poland in May and June.

After being injured by experienced teammates at the D.C., Durkin started 12 matches between late March and late July. Overall, he performed well, but was sometimes the only player to support two offensive midfielders.

United began to click when coach Ben Olsen set up two defensive midfielders in a revitalized training by England star Wayne Rooney. Russell Canouse and Junior Moreno were the main starters, but when Moreno was no longer available, Durkin started four of the last nine regular season games.

United was unbeaten in 10 games before losing to Columbus on penalties in the first round of the playoffs.

Canouse, 23, and Moreno, 25, will no doubt enter 2019 as a starting tandem. United could move Durkin into central defense, a position he has sometimes held for junior national teams and United's pre-season. Having grown in height and strength, he could probably meet the demands of work.

Steve Birnbaum, 27, played every minute of the season in partnership with Frederic Brillant, 33, or Kofi Opare, 28. Opare was operated on by foot two weeks ago and will be away for four to five months.

Durkin, a native of the Richmond area, signed with United at 16 and, until this season, he spent a lot of time on loan with the second Richmond Kickers flight and the US National U-17 team. 17 years old.

In addition, United is preparing to begin negotiations with Argentine midfielder Luciano Acosta, whose dynamic performance in the second half of the season has allowed a last-place team to access the playoffs. Acosta still has one year of contract with a base salary of $ 550,000, the fourth highest on the list. A long – term extension would probably bring this figure to around $ 1 million and prevent United from losing it during a free transfer abroad next winter.

And Joseph Mora, United's starting backstroke, has received his first call with the Costa Rican national team, who will play a friendly match in Chile on Nov. 16 and Peru on Nov. 20. 17, U-20, U-21 and U-23.

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