February 4, 2013
WINDY CITY BOUND
Columbus deals Montville's Duka to Chicago
Former Montville, N.J. resident Dilly Duka on Monday was dealt to the Chicago Fire from the Columbus Crew. He joined the Fire, along with the right of first refusal to U.S. international Robbie Rogers from the Crew, in exchange for former Red Bulls striker Dominic Oduro.
As per Major League Soccer and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Duka will join the Fire for the second leg of preseason in Ventura, Calif.
“We’re pleased to have Dilly join our club,” Fire president of soccer operations Javier Leon said in a statement. “He’s a young player with potential and will provide us with depth on the wing. Additionally, to hold the rights to Robbie is great for the club. He’s an experienced player that would be a solid addition to our squad, should the opportunity arise. This was a very difficult decision, however, Dominic had expressed interest in pursuing an opportunity for a starting position. We thank him for all that he has done for the Fire and we wish him well as he takes the next step in his career.”
Duka made his MLS debut Aug. 14, 2010 when he entered the match in the 75th minute of a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake. In three seasons, Duka, a member of the U.S. team for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, scored two goals and recorded five assists in 45 matches.
He was selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew after a standout college career at Rutgers University. In two season with the Scarlett Knights from 2007-08, Duka made 36 appearances, scoring 10 goals and adding five assists en route to 2008 All-Big East honors.
Rogers, a member of the Crew from 2007-11, had his most successful year with the club in 2008 where he helped the Crew win the MLS Cup and Supporters Shield and was named to the MLS Best XI. A member of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s provisional 30-man roster for the 2010 World Cup, Rogers, currently a free agent, most recently represented English Championship side Leeds United where he made four appearances in 2012 before joining League One side Stevenage F.C. on loan.