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By RYAN TOLMICH
Marking perennial MLS All-Star Graham Zusi for 90 minutes is a task sure to challenge even the most experienced of full backs, let alone one with just months into his professional career.
However, Chris Duvall did just that, as the rookie defender proved to be a key defensive piece as the New York Red Bulls picked up an important 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.
Duvall’s performance was far from flashy, but the 22-year-old full back did exactly what was asked of him. With the always-menacing attack of the reigning MLS Cup champions staring him down, Duvall stood firm as Sporting KC sent wave after wave attack in an effort to force a rookie mistake.
The mistake never came, as Duvall responded time and time again, helping to earn his side three points. Duvall’s hard work was enough to earn the Red Bulls defender recognition as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week, beating out the San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson for this week’s honors.
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