Chris Durkin completes permanent transfer from D.C. United to Sint-Truiden

D.C. United and Belgian club Sint-Truiden reached an agreement on the permanent transfer of 20-year-old midfielder Chris Durkin.

Belgian reports in recent weeks put the transfer fee in the neighborhood of 1 million euros, which would be a club record for Sint-Truiden.

It would also be a considerable sum given the uncertainty in Belgian soccer because of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the international transfer market on which Belgian clubs depend heavily to sell players.

Durkin, who hails from the Richmond, Virginia, area, signed a Homegrown Player contract with D.C. United in 2016 when he was 16. He scored one goal and recorded one assist in 36 MLS appearances (23 starts).

Durkin joined Sint-Truiden on loan for the start of the 2019-20 Pro League season. He made 14 appearances and scored one goal for Sint-Truiden, which was in 12th place in the 16-team league with one game left in the regular season. Play was halted two months ago, and clubs soon elected to not resume play.

“We want to thank Chris for starting his career at D.C. United, and we wish him all the best with his goals and dreams of a career in Europe,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United's general manager and vice president of soccer operations, said. "He will always be a part of the D.C. United family as he was when he started playing in our Academy and drove I-95 daily for two hours each way to get to practice.”

Durkin played for the USA at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup and 2019 Under-20 World Cup.
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