Defender Stephen Duncan is joining Real Central NJ Soccer for the 2022 season, pending league and federation approval. The 18-year old Princeton defender will be playing in USL League Two for the first time in his career. He logged two 90 minute performances for the Tigers in 2021, including a 1-0 victory over Yale to secure the Ivy League Championship.
“I’m excited about our defenders and what Stephen is bringing to the squad,” said head coach Brian Woods. “We’re looking to build a cohesive defensive unit, and the experience he brings can help gel the team.”
Duncan is a natural defender who can open up a game with his passing ability. More importantly, the intangibles of leadership and consistency were present during his youth career. Duncan has over 100 appearances for the Players Development Academy and captained the U-19 PDA team in MLSNext, a replacement league of the former US Development Academy..
“I hate to lose more than I like winning,” said Duncan. “I’ve always been the guy to put the team first and play for the badge. As a team, I just want to win.”
USL League Two is a pre-professional soccer league that allows elite college talent to play at a highly competitive level in the NCAA off-season. League Two is known for giving players a stepping stone to the professional game.
“There’s going to be a lot of talented players in USL2,” said Duncan. “My ultimate goal is to play professionally, and I’m excited to challenge myself with this experience.”
Duncan and RCNJ will open the 2022 USL League Two season at Philadelphia Lone Star on May14th. The men’s will host the Ocean City Nor’Easters on May 21st for its home opener at Mercer County Community college.
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