Impact Deals Johan Venegas to Minnesota for Defender Chris Duvall
The Montreal Impact acquired fullback Chris Duvall and general allocation money from Major League Soccer expansion club Minnesota United on Tuesday in return for midfielder Johan Venegas.
The deal is pending receipt of Venegas’ International Transfer Certificate.
Duvall, 25, played the last three MLS seasons with the New York Red Bulls, recording one goal and four assists in 59 regular season games, including 52 starts. Duvall, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder, also started both games for the Red Bulls during the Impact’s 3-1 aggregate-goals playoff victory in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal. He won the Supporters’ Shield with the Red Bulls in 2015, helping the team finish atop the overall MLS standings.
“We are very pleased to add Chris to our team,” Impact technical director Adam Braz said in a statement. “He has proven to be a versatile and reliable defender in his three seasons with the Red Bulls. This is a fullback profile that our coaching staff is looking for, and we are happy to acquire him. We want to thank Johan for his services and wish him the best of luck with his new team.”
Duvall, a native of Duluth, Ga., was drafted 22nd overall by the Red Bulls in the second round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft after playing four seasons with Wake Forest University. He has also appeared in four CONCACAF Champions League games as well as two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games.
He was selected earlier Tuesday by Minnesota with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft that also saw Impact fullback Donny Toia claimed by Atlanta United.
Toia made 17 appearances for the Impact this season with 15 starts.
“We had to make difficult choices in this process in order to come up with our protected list and unfortunately, one of our players was selected,” Braz said.
Under the MLS Expansion Draft rules, none of the existing teams could lose more than one player.
Atlanta and Minnesota open play in 2017.