As a professional athlete, you always want to be playing, especially as a veteran. When you’re not, sometimes those frustrations spill out.
Columbus Crew SC midfielder Dilly Duka appeared to vent some of that frustration Monday when he tweeted out a picture the player’s winning percentage from games in training, indicating he is tied for third-best on the team.
Duka, who is in his second stint with the Black & Gold after being drafted eighth overall by the club in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, was signed by Crew SC last June after he was not retained by the Montreal Impact. The midfielder made 15 appearances, five starts, in 2016 and scored one goal, largely in place of the injured Federico Higuain.
This season, Duka has been unable to find the field. His lone appearance came as a substitute in the U.S. Open Cup loss to FC Cincinnati when the 27 year old played 15 minutes at right back as Columbus pushed for an equalizer. Duka then make his first appearance in the game day 18-man roster for Crew SC’s 4-1 win over the Montreal Impact this past Saturday, but did not come off the bench.
On Tuesday, following the deletion of the tweet, Columbus head coach Gregg Berhalter addressed Duka putting team information on social media.
“It’s been dealt with,” he said. “We’ve talked to Dilly about it. What I’d say is there’s a huge trust built inside the locker room and you don’t want to violate that trust. That’s all I’ll say on that matter.”
Shortly after The Columbus Dispatch’s Andrew Erickson relayed Berhatler’s quote on Twitter, Duka put out a response.
Trust goes both Ways— Dilly Duka (@DilaverDuka) June 27, 2017
Massive Report will continue to follow this situation closely as anything develops.