Sacir Hot on Dilly Duka: “When he wants to change the game … he will.” (Photo courtesy of MLS)
Needless to say, FC Motown head coach Sacir Hot was not surprised about Dilly Duka’s stellar performance Wednesday night.
Duka tallied twice in the opening half to boost FC Motown to a 2-1 victory over the Red Bulls Under-23 team in the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in Madison, N.J.
“Dilly is like a Designated Player for us,” Hot said Thursday. “When he wants to change the game … he will. Last night maybe didn’t start the way he wanted as it was a bit slow in the middle then [he] moved outside to isolate himself from the pack and we witnessed why he was an MLS player for so long. He decides games for us and his two goals last night lifted us out of a grave. He’s a real impact player for us and will be counted on in the NPSL season.”
Duka, who was released by the Red Bulls last year, helped FC Motown overcome a 1-0 deficit.
“I don’t think Dilly was extra motivated last night given the opponent,” Hot said. “Dilly has experience throughout MLS and also with the youth national teams. He’s played in big games throughout his career but I hope this one remains special for him.”
A former Red Bulls player himself, Hot was caught in the middle of this game. He is a scout for the Red Bulls and one of his tasks is helping find talent for the U-23 side.
“I’m not as happy with the win as I would be against any other given opponent,” he said. “I think the Red Bulls put out a great team of young players that really stepped up in a men’s game. I have mixed emotions right now because they deserve a lot of credit and could have potentially won the game last night. They are a well-coached side that is going to do very well in the PDL this year, I have no doubt about that.”
Hot admitted the game wasn’t going to win any beauty contests.
“It was a real tough job against a very good opponent,” he said. “The game wasn’t aesthetic for the fans… ugly, boring but we got the win. Think we started off way too slow which resulted in conceded the first goal. As the game progressed and settled we got better and more comfortable going forward. Wouldn’t say it’s the best game we ever played but I rather play bad and win rather than play beautiful and lose. New York is a very good team with a lot of talent that has come through their academy.”
Motown FC, which performs in the National Premier Soccer League, will host Penn FC at Ranger Stadium on the campus of Drew University in Madison, N.J. Wednesday at 7 p.m.