Dilly Duka: “I’m here to give 100 percent every day, and to help contribute in any way I can.” (Photo courtesy of MLS)
HARRISON, N.J. – Dilly Duka is coming home.
The Montville, N.J. native Thursday has signed a Major League Soccer contract, the club announced.
Duka, a midfielder, had been on trial with the Red Bulls after he had been released by Columbus Crew SC.
“Dilly is a veteran player, and our staff is very familiar with him,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “We’ve been able to have him in training for a few weeks and we’ve liked what he has shown. He brings attacking quality and experience to our roster, and we expect him to contribute moving forward.”
Duka’s MLS contract with the Crew had him earning a guaranteed salary of $175,000. So, signing the 5-9, 160-lb Duka is considered a low-risk, high-reward situation for the Red Bulls.
The 27-year-old Duka was drafted by Columbus eighth overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after playing two years at Rutgers University. He performed two seasons with Columbus before moving to the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact before re-signing with Columbus in 2016.
“I’d like to thank the organization for the opportunity,” Duka said in a press release. “I’m here to give 100 percent every day, and to help contribute in any way I can. The Red Bulls organization is first class and I see every day that every player is hungry for team success.”
In eight MLS seasons Duka has made 138 league appearances, including 95 starts, scoring 12 goals and 14 assists. He also has three years of MLS playoff experience, two with Columbus and one with Montreal.
“We are pleased to add Dilly,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said in a statement. “We knew he was a talented, quality player and he has shown well in his time here. He’s also a veteran of the league that we think improves our roster both on game day and in training. We look forward to integrating him into our team.”