Dilly Duka: Unfulfilled Promise

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Duka came in ready to be the next game changer but struggled with injury and performance.

Dilly Duka came into 2012 with tremendous expectations hovering over him. He was penciled in as the starting left winger after Robbie Rogers departure. He had an excellent tour with the Generation Adidas group and had played well with the U.S. U-23 team. He seemingly developed into a game changing talent.

Duka had a busy offseason and appeared to be ready to step up, but he suffered an injury 12 minutes into the season opener and was forced off. He would make a substitute appearance in early April, but reinjury would force him out until mid-May. After such a long layoff, Duka struggled to adapt to game speed. He was limited to 70 minutes or less until July.

Duka would establish himself as a starter, but he still was often the first player lifted by head coach Robert Warzycha. While he started 14 games, Duka only played a full 90 minute game once this season. He failed to score a goal and only notched 2 assists.

His season would turn on September 19th. After being subbed in the 57th minute, Duka left the bench and proceeded to the locker room. Neither the coaching staff of Duka elaborated on the incident beyond generalities, but Duka would leave the team that weekend to head to New Jersey to attend to personal matters.

He was injured the following week with what was either called an an ankle or foot injury. Duka would only get 34 minutes the rest of the season as he lost his starting spot to Justin Meram and then Ben Speas.

Duka is only 23 years old and has a chance to develop into a very good player, but he certainly regressed this year. He struggled with fitness after his injury and would often disappear from games for long stretches. His game is built on playing in tight spaces with good foot work, left mid isn't his ideal spot, but the signs are there that the team is wearying of his attitude issues.

Final Grade - 4: After early injuries, Duka failed to step up as a starter. His late season performances may prompt a trade.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Massive Report

You must be a member of Massive Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Massive Report. You should read them.

Join Massive Report

You must be a member of Massive Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Massive Report. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker