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U.S. U-20 defender Kyle Duncan promoted to Valenciennes first team

U18 USA v U18 Germany - International Friendly Photo by Sergio Camacho/Bongarts/Getty Images

Kyle Duncan, who has featured for the United States U-18 and U-20 national teams, has been promoted to the first team of French Ligue 2 side Valenciennes FC.

Duncan is a 19-year-old right back and former New York Red Bulls Academy player.

He was considered to be one of the more talented New York Red Bulls Academy players and originally committed to Monmouth University. He ultimately decided to forgo college, signing a two-year professional deal in October of 2015.

Duncan spent last season with Valenciennes B in the fifth tier of French soccer. He is the youngest member of Valenciennes’ first team and may find playing time hard to come by. He hasn’t appeared for the team in its first three league matches, but he may get opportunities as the season progresses.

Duncan comes from a talented soccer family as he is the nephew of Liberian legend George Weah. His cousin, Timothy Weah, is another former Red Bulls Academy player, who now features for PSG’s U-19 team as well as the U.S. U-17 national team.

Duncan has a good chance to make the U.S. roster for the 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup, especially if begins to play regularly for Valenciennes.