Born in 1986 in the small town of Gambella, Ethiopia, Duach is a young man living the dream here in the United States. As a professional footballer, he stands at 6’6” so he is hard to miss out on the pitch. His eccentric personality also adds to him being a favorite amongst his fellow players. Currently, Duach is a starting centerback for the South Sudan Men’s National Team. He is the first and only South Sudanese player playing professional in the United States, and will be traveling home to play in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Duach started his soccer experience in San Diego at Mission Bay High School. When he graduated in 2005, he moved on to San Diego’s Point Loma Nazarene University where he majored in Christian Ministries and Theology Studies. During his senior year, he was the top goal scorer with 9 total goals as the holding midfielder. As it stands, he holds the 4th position for all-time career game-winning goals at the university with 5 total.
Continuing his determination, he landed a spot on San Diego Flash’s 2010 squad. Having played three seasons in the NPSL, Duach moved up to the USL’s LA Blues squad in 2013. The level of play and intensity was nothing new for him as he experienced a variety of highly skilled players. The LA Blues club unfortunately folded in 2015 and that is when he made his way back to San Diego.
Duach looks forward to starting for the NC Battalion’s inaugural season alongside some of his former players. Look for his big smile on the field this spring!