Born in New Zealand in 1977, Duncan Oughton has always been a man of many jobs. He moved to the U.S. in 1997 to play college soccer at Cal State Fullerton where he was mainly deployed as a forward. Oughton was a pretty prolific forward as well, scoring 17 goals and setting up 8 more during his senior season.
The Columbus Crew used their 10th pick in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft to select Oughton. His hard-working mentality made the Kiwi a favorite of the coaches and the fans. Duncan was a key contributor in the middle of the field. His career was slightly derailed in 2005 when he missed an entire year due to a major knee injury. In spite of the injury, Oughton returned in 2006, although his role on the playing field was no longer as big as before.
However, he may have became even more important to Columbus. Making regular appearances in the U.S. Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League, Duncan helped the team make deep runs in both competitions. He was used all over the field, including in center midfield, as a winger, and in defense. His presence on the field and on the training grounds helped to groom the young players on the team and turn them into major contributors.
The Crew declined to resign Oughton after the 2010 MLS season. After not being selected by any teams in the Re-Entry Draft, Duncan elected to retire after spending his entire professional career in Columbus. Oughton is the Crew’s longest ever tenured player. He was a member on every team that collected trophies for the Crew’s cabinet (2002 U.S. Open Cup; 2004, 2008, 2009 Supporters’ Shields; 2008 MLS Cup). Oughton also picked up 25 international caps in his career for the New Zealand All Whites, scoring two international goals.
His love for Columbus so extraordinary, Duncan was hired as the Crew’s Assistant Technical Director before the 2011 season. His job description isn’t concrete, however. Oughton helps out with the coaching staff, is one of the Crew’s television announcers alongside Dwight Burgess, and also co-hosts the Inside the Crew podcast with Neil Sika.
Duncan Oughton will always be Columbus’ Favorite Kiwi.