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D.C. United’s Chris Durkin scores for U.S. at Under-17 World Cup

U.S. player Chris Durkin, left, challenges India’s Anwar Ali for the ball at Group A match in New Delhi. (Tsering Topgyal/Associated Press)

Chris Durkin, a D.C. United homegrown defender-midfielder from the Richmond area, scored early in the second half Friday as the United States thumped India, 3-0, at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in New Delhi.

The Americans moved atop Group A and will prepare for Monday’s match against Ghana, which opened with a 1-0 victory over Colombia earlier Friday.

Striker Josh Sargent, a Missouri native who has agreed to a contract with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, converted a 30th-minute penalty kick and, after Durkin’s goal in the 51st, Andrew Carleton, an Atlanta United homegrown midfielder, scored in the 84th for John Hackworth’s squad.

Durkin (Glen Allen, Va.) rose through D.C.’s youth academy and signed in the summer of 2016. He has yet to make an MLS regular season appearance but started in a U.S. Open Cup match each of the past two seasons as well as 11 games this year on loan to the second-division Richmond Kickers.

United officials seem pleased with his maturation and will continue integrating him into their first-team plans at 2018 training camp.