With just two games left to the regular season of the Belgian Pro League, and Sint-Truiden having a chance of finishing in the last playoff spot, their American midfielder, Chris Drukin, has decided that it was time to return home to continue his career in MLS

The Virginia native joined the Belgian side on loan from DC United in the summer of 2019 and turned the move into a permanent deal a year later for an estimated $1.1 million. The 22 year-old Durkin played 68 times for the Canaries and registered two goals in his three seasons.

Through the STVV website, the American addressed the fans by saying, “thank you very much for this amazing opportunity that you gave me [fulfilling] my dream to come to Europe. I really appreciate it.There were some amazing moments and I appreciate everything you gave me. I am extremely grateful and will never forget it.”

Durkin has returned to MLS under the league’s “allocation process” which is something of a draft system for former league players. He was selected by Houston Dynamo and immediately sent to his former club, DC United.

Yanks Abroad enjoyed covering this young man during his European adventure and wish him all the best back home.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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