Sporting Kansas City Academy defender Cameron Duke helped the United States U-16 Boys’ National Team to a third-place finish at the 2016 Val-de-Marne Tournament in France last week.
Led by head coach Shaun Tsakiris, the United States opened the competition with a 2-1 win over England on Oct. 25 before falling 3-0 to Russia last Thursday. Duke and the U.S. ended their stay with a 2-0 defeat to tournament champion France on Saturday.
Duke earned starts against England and France to gain further international pedigree, having previously featured in eight U.S. BNT training camps at the U-14, U-15 and U-16 levels. A native of Olathe, Kansas, Duke first joined the United States U-16s in September for a training camp in Davis, California.
Duke, the younger brother of Swope Park Rangers captain Christian Duke, joined the Sporting KC Academy in 2012. He made 24 league appearances for the U-16s last season, helping the side qualify for the USSDA playoffs, and has started four USSDA matches in 2016-17.
Duke is one of seven current Sporting KC Academy players who have trained this fall with various U.S. youth national teams.
SKC ACADEMY: U.S. YNT PARTICIPATION - FALL 2016
Roeland Park, KS
|U-15s||Gianluca Busio||Midfielder||Greensboro, NC|
|U-16s||Cameron Duke||Defender||Olathe, KS|
Lee's Summit, MO
|U-19s||Felipe Hernandez||Midfielder||Nashville, TN|