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Orange County SC sign midfielder Christian Duke

Box-to-box player moves from Swope Park Rangers.

Swope Park Rangers | Nick Smith

Orange County SC made their third signing for the 2018 season this week, bringing newcomer Christian Duke from fellow USL side Swope Park Rangers.

Duke, 26, comes to Orange County after being a key player for SPR, captaining the side and playing the most minutes for the team, en route to a second-straight USL Cup final appearance, while tallying seven assists in 2017.

“I’m delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to work with Christian. I have been an admirer of his talent for the past few years. He is a quality human being and has all the characteristics we want at Orange County SC and will look to build a successful team around him. He leads by example through his discipline, work rate and ambition which will be a great example for the entire squad,” said Orange County SC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a team statement on the signing.

Duke played collegiately in Southern California, at the University of San Diego. After his college days, he was signed by hometown MLS side Sporting Kansas City in 2013, but did not see action with the first team, instead playing on loan at Orlando City, OKC Energy FC, and then making the move to Sporting’s USL team, Swope Park, for the 2016 season.

“I’m very excited and thankful for this opportunity to play for Orange County SC. The vision of the club and the ambitions of being the best is an attractive environment to be a part of. I cannot wait to play for Coach Cloutier who has played at the highest level and has a lot of knowledge of the game. I hope to bring trophies to the club for the city and fans!” said Duke.

The addition of Duke currently brings the Orange County SC roster for 2018 to three players, alongside the additions of Zach Kobayashi and Richard Chaplow earlier in the week.

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