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New player profile: Chris Duvall

Background:

Chris Duvall played for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for 4 years, beginning in 2010. He was recruited as a highly rated right midfielder (or two-way winger) and saw time in that position his freshman year. In fact, he notably led his teammates with four assists in 1265 minutes in his first collegiate season.

As a sophomore, Duvall continued to impact his team by making 17 starts in 20 games. He made the transition from midfield into right back. Unfortunately his assist return dropped to just one but he earned an increase in minutes played with 1566. In addition, Duvall appeared in all three games during the Demon Deacons’ postseason in the NCAA tournament.

In his third year, Duvall repeated similar statistics, as he started 18 games out of 20. In 1637 minutes, he recorded three assists and scored his first collegiate goal. Two of his assists were against college powerhouses and local rivals, Maryland and Virginia.

He once again demonstrated consistency by starting 14 in 15 games while serving another three assists for teammates to score. His minutes dropped to only 1258. This is likely due to Wake Forest having a less successful year in the conference and national playoffs, leading to less numbers of games played.

*All information courtesy of wakeforestsports.com

Potential Impact/Expectations:

Coach Petke and his staff clearly identified Duvall as a viable talent after they used their 22nd overall super draft pick on him. Other highly rated defenders, albeit center backs, such as New Mexico’s Kyle Venter and Michigan State’s Kevin Cope were yet to be drafted. Duvall was deemed a stretch at 22 by many observers, including college soccer expert, Ives Galarcep.

Yes, the need for a backup right back was necessary at the time following Barklage’s departure. However, the signing of Eckersley and a camp invitation for Miguel Ibarra (a former Ecuadorean international), who are both natural right backs, are not encouraging signs for Duvall’s chances at making the roster.

His one hope is that he impresses the coaches enough to earn the league minimum salary, which is money Ibarra or anyone else, might not take. With only four roster spots open out of a maximum 30, Duvall faces his main competition from fellow draftee, Eric Stevenson, and guest players, Ibarra and Tyler Polak (former Generation Adidas signing for NE Revolution).

Video Analysis:

Clearly, Duvall has an athleticism that is a major advantage for his chances of landing a roster spot. Some instances in the video below demonstrate his ability to win challenges through runs versus his opponent where he is 10 or more yards farther away from the ball.

A proficiency of serving crosses and diagonal balls to his strikers was well on display. Simply put, the potential for Duvall appears limited, but from an interview on his Wake Forest profile, he is an articulate and humble individual that appreciates skill as much as power.

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