Dilly Duka

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Dilly Duka
Dilaver Duka 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dilaver Duka
Date of birth (1989-09-15) September 15, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Montville, New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 5
Youth career
2007–2008 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 New Jersey Rangers 0 (0)
2008–2009 Newark Ironbound Express 7 (1)
2010–2012 Columbus Crew 46 (2)
2013–2014 Chicago Fire 37 (4)
2014–2015 Montreal Impact 34 (5)
2016– Columbus Crew SC 3 (0)
National team
2009 United States U20 13 (2)
2012 United States U23 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 19, 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 4, 2012

Dilaver "Dilly" Duka (born September 15, 1989) is an American soccer player currently playing for Columbus Crew SC in Major League Soccer.


Youth and College[edit]

Duka grew up in Montville, New Jersey, to an Albanian family originally from Debar.[1] Duka played at Montville Township High School[2][3] and played college soccer at Rutgers University. During his time at Rutgers, he led the team in scoring and was a 2008 All-Big East selection. For his career, he played in thirty-six games, making thirty-five starts, scoring ten goals and contributing five assists.[4]

During his college years Duka played two seasons with the Newark Ironbound Express in the USL Premier Development League.[5] He actually started 2008 with the New Jersey Rangers but he never made an appearance for the club.[6]


Duka was drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus Crew[7] and got his first start for the Crew on June 29, 2010, in a 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against the Rochester Rhinos.[8]

After two seasons in Columbus, Duka was traded to Chicago Fire on February 1, 2013 in exchange for Dominic Oduro.[9]

On July 29, 2014 Duka departed Chicago when he was traded to the Montreal Impact in exchange for Sanna Nyassi. [10]

After being released by Montreal following the 2015 season and failing to find a new club, Duka returned to Columbus on June 20, 2016 after Columbus acquired his right of first refusal from Montreal in exchange for general allocation money, targeted allocation money, and a second round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.[11]


Duka played in all three games for the United States in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. He scored the third goal in the team's 4–1 win over Cameroon.

Duka is eligible to play for Albania and has informed the Albanian Football Association that he is available for selection.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Asport (September 30, 2013). "Ekskluzive: Dilaver “Dilly” Duka në Kombëtaren Shqiptare (video)". Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bondy, Stefan. "Rutgers standout Dilly Duka picked by Columbus Crew in MLS draft ", The Record (Bergen County), January 15, 2010. Accessed February 23, 2011. "Duka, a Montville resident and former Rutgers standout, played at Red Bull Academy and nearly signed with his hometown club over the summer as a homegrown player."
  3. ^ Staff. "Rutgers Recruiting Class Nationally Ranked: Scarlet Knights rated 27th by College Soccer News", Rutgers Scarlet Knights, August 3, 2007. Accessed February 23, 2011. "Highlighting this group of standout players is Dilly Duka (Montville, N.J.), a midfielder from Montville High School, who Reasso has described as one of the best attacking midfielders graduating from the state of New Jersey last spring."
  4. ^ Former Rutgers Standout Dilly Duka Signs With Major League Soccer
  5. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2008/roster/8986443.html
  6. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/teams/2008/roster/8986441.html
  7. ^ 2010 MLS SuperDraft
  8. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2010-06-29-columbus-crew-v-rochester-rhinos
  9. ^ "Duka Traded For Oduro". The Columbus Dispatch. 
  10. ^ "Montreal Impact swap Sanna Nyassi to Chicago Fire for out-of-favor Dilly Duka". MLSsoccer.com. 
  11. ^ "Columbus Crew SC sign Dilly Duka after acquiring his rights from Montreal". MLSsoccer.com. 

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