Christian Duke selected in MLS Supplemental Draft
Christian Duke

Jan. 22, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Former University of San Diego midfielder Christian Duke was selected by Sporting Kansas City in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Tuesday. Duke was the 14th pick in the four-round supplemental draft.

"It's a great feeling coming into an organization that is well known for their blue-collar, hard-nosed tactics," Duke said. "Peter Vermes is a great coach and I look forward to playing for the organization. Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be playing professionally in Kansas City. Now I have my opportunity. I just have to go get it now."

Duke (Overland Park, Kans.- Shawnee Mission South HS) concluded his USD career by starting all 23 of the Toreros' games this past season, helping lead the team to their first NCAA Quarterfinal appearance since 1992. He was a 2nd-team All-WCC honoree this past season and an honorable mention selection in 2010.

Overall, Duke started 56 of 60 contests during his time in a Torero uniform. Duke made his mark by playing a hard-nosed brand of soccer where he helped spearhead a stout and physical USD defense while also playing a huge role in setting up teammates for scoring opportunities on the offensive side of the pitch. He did not score any goals but recorded six assists during his career.

As a high-schooler, Duke played for the Sporting KC Academy and now has an opportunity to stick on with the big club. Duke's father, Chris, was a USD class of 1988 alum who played professional indoor soccer with the Kansas City Comets and Kansas City Attack, among other teams.

Duke's selection in the Supplemental Draft comes on the heels of former teammate Dan Delgado being selected in the 2nd round of the SuperDraft last week by the San Jose Earthquakes. Last season, Stephen Posa was also selected in the Supplemental Draft but by the Los Angeles Galaxy.



Sporting KC made four picks during this year's supplemental draft, with Duke being the first of those four. Duke was already in camp with the club upon being selected.

All eligible players who were not selected in the SuperDraft last week and additional players nominated by MLS teams were eligible for selection in the Supplemental Draft.

Players selected during the SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft will be evaluated during preseason training camps which opened on Thursday, and will be vying for spots on an MLS club's roster. While MLS teams are not restricted on the number of players attending preseason training camps, each club must be roster and salary budget compliant by March 1.

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