United’s eighth Homegrown Signing appeared in his second career Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match for the Black-and-Red, starting against Christos FC on June 13. The teenager registered 57 minutes and 57 total touches, while completing 88.5% of his passes. The midfielder made 11 starts for United’s USL affiliates the Richmond Kickers and was an efficient two-way player, accounting for 17 interceptions and 4 shots on target in 990 minutes. In international play, Durkin started for the Under-17 U.S. Men’s National Team in all five of their matches at the at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, playing all 450 minutes. Durkin scored his first U-17 World Cup goal against hosts India in the American’s first match, earning him Man of the Match honors. The Glen Allen native’s consistent play helped the U.S. win their first knockout round game at the tournament since 1999, defeating Paraguay 5-0 in the Round of 16.
The 16-year-old defender and midfielder from Glen Allen, Virginia, became the eighth homegrown player in D.C. United history and the fifth-youngest homegrown signing in the history of the league (16 years, 127 days). United’s eighth Homegrown Player made his debut for the Black-and-Red on 6/15 in United’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The midfielder, who can also play in defense, played in three matches for United’s USL affiliate, the Richmond Kickers, starting twice. Most recently, Durkin traveled to India with the U-17 U.S. Men’s National Team to compete in the 2016 AIFF (All Indian Football Federation) Cup. The 16-year-old played in four of the five fixtures, helping guide the team to the finals where they fell 2-1 to the South Korean National Team in extra time.
Durkin will train with United throughout the summer and return to Bradenton full-time in August to continue his residency and resume playing with the youth national team in preparation for the U-17 FIFA World Cup, held in the fall of 2017. He will join United following the U-17 World Cup next year.
June 14, 2016 - Became the eighth Homegrown Signing in D.C. United history.