Christian Duke

former SKC Wizards

New Contracts and Options Picked Up - Former SKC Wizards Update

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It's that time of year when MLS teams that are no longer in the playoffs announce their roster news for the offseason, the players that they have under contract for next season, those out of contract, those with options picked up and those with options declined. There's a lot of players on their way out.

Jewsbury to Retire at the End of the Season - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another long time MLS player is hanging up their cleats at the end of the season, former Kansas City Wizards' midfielder, Jack Jewsbury announced this past week that this year would be his final year in MLS. Jewsbury announced that he would retire at the end of the season at Portland's Stand Together Banquet on Sunday, it will bring to an end a career that has seen the 35 year old play 14 seasons in MLS, his first eight were in Kansas City where he's on the club's top 10 list in terms of starts, appearances, and minutes played.

Bunbury, Kamara, Fall in US Open Cup Final - Former SKC Wizards Update

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While Sporting Kansas City and the Vancouver Whitecaps were playing their CONCACAF Champions League game last night, two other MLS teams were competing in the US Open Cup final. FC Dallas and the New England Revolution played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco to decide who would succeed Kansas City as US Open Cup champions.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former Sporting KC Player Update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Jamar Beasley
Pablo Escobar
Brian Fekete
Neven Markovic
Victor Munoz
Akeem Priestley
Jordi Quintilla
Brendan Ruiz

Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Started and played 90 minutes in Houston's 1-1 draw with Seattle.

OKC Playoff Run Ends - Former SKC Wizards Update

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The USL Cup final will be this coming weekend. Unfortuantely for a group of former Sporting players they just missed out. Sporting KC USL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Energy fell 2-1 to the LA Galaxy II over the weekend, sending the Galaxy to the USL Cup against Rochester. OKC fell behind 2-0 in the first half before a goal by another local player, Missouri Comet, Coady Andrews cut the lead to 2-1.

Duke on Trial with OKC - Former SKC Wizards Update

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The MLS season is supposed to start in a little over a week, which means more former Sporting players will be back in action. While that's going on, another looks set to attempt to continue his career in the lower divisions, Christian Duke, who had been in camp with Sporting KC for a while was in the Oklahoma City Energy squad today that took on HB K√łge from Denmark.

Songo'o Signs for Blackburn - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another former Sporting Kansas City player has a new team. Earlier this week, Yann Songo'o signed a contract with English Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Songo'o and Sporting had mutually terminated Songo'o's contract earlier this summer allowing him to return to Europe where he's now got a new club.

Preki Named Coach of New Sacramento USL Team - Former SKC Wizards Update

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The greatest player to ever wear a KC uniform is back in the coaching ranks. Earlier this week, the new Sacramento USL-Pro side announced that Preki would be their first coach for their inaugural season in 2014. Preki has been out of the professional coaching ranks since being fired by Toronto FC. Here's the rest of this week's update.

Jon Kempin

Sporting "2" Coming to the USL Next Year?

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One of my big concerns and questions regarding KC's player development has been their lack of establishing a USL team of their own that they would operate. Back when MLS and the USL partnered up, KC was the first team to pick up an affiliate, Orlando City. The club was their affiliate for two seasons before becoming an MLS team this year.

Duke Suffers Stress Fracture - Sporting Loan Update

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Christian Duke is set to miss six weeks of action for the OKC Energy after he suffered a stress fracture. Duke had been a consistent starter for OKC this season and will be a blow for the Energy. Replacing him in the lineup appears like it'll fall mainly to KC's other midfielder loaned to OKC, Mikey Lopez.

Lopez Recalled For Open Cup - Sporting Loan Update

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There wasn't an official announcement, but last night one of KC's three loaned players returned to KC and was on the bench for Sporting's Open Cup game against Minnesota. Mikey Lopez who had only just gotten to Oklahoma City after spending time with Orlando earlier this year. But he was recalled with all of KC's injury and call up issues as KC only dressed 17 players for last night's game.

Duke Sets Up Game Winner - Sporting Loan Update

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Oklahoma City picked up their first home win in franchise history last week, a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls reserves. Loaned Sporting KC midfielder, Christian Duke picked up the assist on the lone goal of the game in second half stoppage time, finished by former KC midfielder, Michael Thomas. Duke played the full 90 minutes for the Energy.

OKC Bow Out of the Open Cup - Sporting KC Loan Update

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One of Sporting KC's two USL-Pro affiliates bowed out of the US Open Cup last night. Oklahoma City lost 2-1 in extra time to Arizona United to go out in the third round of the tournament. Sporting KC's Christian Duke had the opportunity late in extra time to send the game to penalties, but he had a 119th minute penalty saved by Arizona's goalkeeper.

Ellis Recalled from OKC - Sporting Loan Update

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I quiet weekend for the most part for Sporting KC's four loaned players. The biggest news of the past week was the fact that after playing on Friday night against Richmond, defender Kevin Ellis was recalled by Sporting KC for their game Sunday in Chicago. Ellis came off the bench and played 23 minutes in KC's 2-1 loss to the Fire.

Orlando Still on Top of the USL - Sporting Loan Update

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Sporting Kansas City affiliate Orlando City remains on top of the USL-Pro division after picking up four of an available six on the road this past week. In action for the Lions, Mikey Lopez made his first start of the season for Orlando in their second game of the weekend against Rochester.

First on Friday night though, Orlando City pulled off a 1-0 win on the road at Pittsburgh.

Orlando Tops OKC Again - Sporting KC Loan Update

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For the second time in as many weeks, Sporting KC's two affiliates met in USL-Pro league play. And like last week in Oklahoma City, Orlando again came out on top. This time, Orlando picked up a 3-1 win over the Energy to keep them at the top of the league.

For the winners, midfielder Mikey Lopez played a minor role, coming off the bench and playing just one minute for the Lions.

Orlando Win Affiliate Match Up - Sporting Loan Update

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In the first match up between Sporting KC's two affiliate teams, Oklahoma City and Orlando City faced off on Saturday in OKC in the Energy's home opener. In the match up, Orlando City topped the Energy in front of a sell out crowd, topping the Energy 2-1.

Of KC's four players loaned to the two teams, three of them appeared in the game.

Ellis Joins OKC on Loan - Sporting Loan Update

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Sporting Kansas City announced today that the team had sent a third player on loan to their USL-Pro affiliate, Oklahoma City. The team is sending right back, Kevin Ellis to join Christian Duke and Jon Kempin with the Energy. Ellis had started three league games early in the season and both of the team's Champions League games against Cruz Azul.

Duke Leaves OKC Win Early with Injury - Sporting Loan Update

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The Oklahoma City Energy picked up the biggest win of their young history this past weekend against Arizona United. It came at a bit of a cost though as one of KC's two loaned players, Christian Duke, left the game after only nine minutes. His replacement, former SKC academy midfielder, David Leichty, picked up the assist on OKC's first goal as they cruised to a 4-0 win on the road.

All Three Loaned Players Debut - Sporting Loan Update

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A day later than I said last week because I'd forgotten that Oklahoma City had a game late on Monday that would involve two of Sporting KC's loaned players.

Oklahoma had a two game swing in Southern California taking on the Orange County Blues and LA Galaxy II. The game on Saturday saw just one of KC's loaned players make their debut.

Kempin Recalled From Loan - Sporting Loan Update

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I've decided that I am going to remove Sporting's players loaned out to their USL affiliates from the former player update and give them their own one. I'll be putting this out on Monday's going forward.

Sporting announced today that they'd already recalled one of their three loaned players, goalkeeper Jon Kempin.

Duke and Kempin Join Oklahoma City on Loan

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Sporting Kansas City today announced the first of their loan moves to their USL-Pro affiliates for the 2014 season. The first moves were for their affiliate in Oklahoma City, the Energy.

The two players loaned to the Energy, Christian Duke and Jon Kempin are headed out for their second loan spells.

A Look at KC's Roster

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Preseason is starting on Friday for Sporting KC. Just 48 days after Jimmy Nielsen lifted MLS Cup, Sporting KC players will be back at Swope Park taking their entry physicals for the 2014 season.

With that we can already begin to speculate on the roster spots that are currently filled, and those that are up for grabs in preseason.

Orlando Win USLPro Title - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Dom Dwyer's loan back to Orlando City really paid off for Orlando City in their title game against the Charlotte Eagles. Dwyer scored four goals for Orlando City in their 7-4 win. Christian Duke also started the final game. Jon Kempin did not dress for the Lions, while former draft pick, Brian Fekete was an unused sub.

Dwyer and Loaned KC Players Will Not Play vs Sporting

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There's been a big debate since Tuesday night after both Sporting Kansas City and affiliate club, Orlando City, won their US Open Cup matches setting up a fourth round match up where the two would play each other. The debate was whether Orlando City's top scorer and KC's 2012 first round draft pick Dom Dwyer, and KC's 3 other loaned players (Christian Duke, Jon Kempin, and Yann Songo'o) would be able to play in the game.

Sporting Loan Four to Orlando

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Sporting KC today announced the four players that will be going to Orlando City on loan during the 2013 season as part of the two clubs partnership.Kansas City will be sending Christian Duke, Dom Dwyer, Jon Kempin, and Yann Songo'o to the USL-Pro club for the 2013 season, although Kansas City will have the ability to recall the player from their loan at any time should the player be needed.

Mikey Lopez

What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here - Midfield

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Part three of my look at what happened to Kansas City in the 2014 season and where to look at going forward is taking a look at Kansas City's midfield. While Sporting's midfield wasn't hit nearly as hard by injuries as the defense was, other factors led to Sporting's issues in midfield this season.

The biggest issue for Kansas City ended up coming early in the season.

Duke Recalled, Lopez Sent to OKC

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With the sale of Oriol Rosell, Sporting KC have made some moves today to help to fill their midfield a bit ahead of Friday's MLS game against the Houston Dynamo. KC recalled midfielder, Christian Duke from his loan to Oklahoma City today. The move makes sense for KC, of KC's remaining midfielders, Lawrence Olum, Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber, Alex Martinez, Victor Munoz, and even Toni Dovale, only Olum, Nagamura and Feilhaber can really play the "defensive" midfield role the way Peter Vermes wants.

A Look at the Depth Chart - Midfield

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Continuing to work forward through Kansas City's team, we move on to the midfield. KC saw no movement out from the midfield position, and only one addition, the signing of third round draft pick, Alex Martinez. As with the defense and the forwards, it's been all about the consistency for KC's midfield.

The Rest

Rangers Sign Four Players

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The Swope Park Rangers continue to build their team towards the start of the 2016 USL season, their first in the league. Today the Rangers announced that they'd signed four more players to contracts for the upcoming season; forwards Dane Kelly and Kris Tyrpak, defender Johnny Grant, and goalkeeper Zac Lubin.

Sporting Blue Wedding Continues, Sporting Waive 2 More, Will Have New Announce Team

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The changes to Sporting KC roster continue, and they've now expanded beyond the field to the broadcast booth as well.

The team has made no formal announcement, but with the waiver draft this afternoon, after the expansion draft, two more Sporting KC players appeared on the list available to be drafted, Christian Duke and Martin Steuble.

Sporting Select 4 in Supplemental Draft

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MLS' second draft was today via conference call, and Sporting KC added 4 new players to their roster today. Sporting had 4 picks in the draft and used all 4 to add more players to their list of players down in Arizona at this time. With the way the roster shapes out right now, it'll be a fight for any of these four players to make the roster.