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Andrew Vazzano

GET TO KNOW: New York Red Bulls Midfielder Dilly Duka

The New York Red Bulls signed MLS veteran Dilly Duka to an MLS contract on Thursday, the team announced.

The 27-year-old Duka, from Montville, New Jersey, most recently played with the Columbus Crew earlier this season.

Duka, a midfielder, is a former Red Bulls Academy product, playing with them before landing at Rutgers University, where he nabbed an All-Big East selection during his play. He also saw time in the USL Premier Development League before entering the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.

Duka was selected No. 8 overall by the Crew in the SuperDraft and went on to notch 45 appearances and two goals and five assists for the club over two-plus seasons in MLS play.

He was dealt to the Chicago Fire ahead of the 2013 season, where he went on to play for two seasons. Over 37 games for the Fire, he had four goals and three assists in over 2,000 minutes of play. Duka was dealt to the Montreal Impact for the 2014 season. 

Duka went on to play 41 times for the Impact in MLS play, with five goals and five assists in 2,800 minutes. He saw a lot of time for the Impact in CONCACAF Champions League play, as well. 

Duka returned to Columbus for the 2016 season, where he started five times and appeared in 10 more, with one goal and one assist. 

Internationally, Duka has appeared for the U-20 and U-23 United States Men's National Team, but has not made a first-team appearance.