Dilly Duka @ FK Partizani in Albania

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Willy23, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Willy23

    Willy23 Member

    Dec 11, 2006
    Connecticut
    Saw this in Shabs' Jeff Parke post,
    For those who don't know Duka plays for Rutgers and was called up for the U-20 CONCACAF roster.
     
  2. USvsIRELAND

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    ATL
    Great news.

    More young guys to Belgium the better!

    They did a great job with Gooch.
     
  3. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
    I was kind of hoping for a transfer to Dukla Prague.
     
  4. m vann

    m vann Moderator
    Staff Member

    Colorado Rapids & Celtic FC
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I love this kid's name. Makes me laugh. Sounds like a cartoon character. He was brought into the U-20 qualifiers wasn't he? I'm all for youngsters (or anyone) going to Belgium. Anderlecht would be a great club to groom and hone your skills. Hopefully, J. Jeffery is talking a little in his ear about going over to Belgium. Of course, I also hope JJ is talking a little smack since he's at arch rival Club Brugge. :)
     
  5. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Interesting. Does he already have an agent? And does anyone know if he was scouted as a U20 or at Rutgers? (Or something else?)
     
  6. Willy23

    Willy23 Member

    Dec 11, 2006
    Connecticut
    We have to assume it was with Rutgers since he has yet to make an international appearance. He also played on the Red Bulls Academy team so there may be a connection there.
     
  7. USvsIRELAND

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    ATL
  8. supercooper

    supercooper Red Card

    Jun 23, 2008
    Geez, if this kid makes it- the puns will be worse than Adu...

    'Willy Nilly Dilly'
    'Silly Dilly'
    (English fans' chant, to 'Luka') 'My name is Duka, I know how to really score'...

    etc.

    Looking at Rutgers stats, this guy was basically THE team last year. (scored 8 goals, rest of team only 10 combined, and played in midfield).

    He must have been double defended every single game too, any opposing coach worth his salt would have tried to shut him down first. Very intriguing case- a young, technically gifter player who had to do everything for his college team, playing in a good conference, and knows how to score as a midfielder. Love those kind of guys- our talent pool is not exactly full of them.
     
  9. SoccerKowboy

    SoccerKowboy BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 13, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    what the dilly-yo!
     
  10. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Dilly is in quite a pickle.
     
  11. Matrim55

    Matrim55 Member+

    Aug 14, 2000
    Berkeley
    Club:
    Connecticut
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He's the 2nd member of the Red Bulls academy team to head to Belgium this offseason, with Jonny Exantus being the other. I'm guessing there's some connection.
     
  12. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Let's just hope for Dilly's sake that there were scouts watching him today play for the USA U20 team.
     
  13. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    How many academy players will MLS teams have to lose to Europe before they change the system?

    Not that it matters much (unless it could help get an EU passport), but what is his ethnic herritage?
     
  14. bshredder

    bshredder BigSoccer Supporter

    Feb 23, 1999
    Club:
    Millwall FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Albanian
     
  15. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F_tT-q8EF0"]YouTube - Albania[/ame]
     
  16. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
    So much for the EU passport then...
     
  17. arsenalfc08

    arsenalfc08 Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    ohio
    If he plays in Belgium for 3 years he can get belgian citizenship.
     
  18. JayDelight729

    JayDelight729 Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    Section 101
    Had a stand up game for the U-20s in their 3-0 victory over Jamaica. Scored 1 and assisted on another IIRC.
     
  19. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
    Is Duka soon to join the ranks of great Albanian-Americans like this one?


    [​IMG]
     
  20. Vllaznia

    Vllaznia Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    NYC
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    He should play for the Albanian NT.
     
  21. Scotty

    Scotty Member+

    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
    Why?

    Albania never qualifies for anything, and it wasn't very long ago that they were suspended from international soccer.
     
  22. Vllaznia

    Vllaznia Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    NYC
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Albania
    That doesn't matter, if US was in UEFA they wouldn't qualify for shit either. But it would help our chance of qualifying if we have him. And your talking about a ban that lasted a month in which Albania didn't have matches. Since he was born here i wouldn't really care if he chooses the US but I have a feeling that he will play for Albania.
     
  23. Bigrose30

    Bigrose30 Member+

    Sep 11, 2004
    Jersey City, NJ
    If the US was in UEFA, then they'd be European, and more kids would play soccer growing up. I love that argument.

    He's got the makings of an internet legend this kid...can't wait to see him.
     
  24. Iwazrobbed

    Iwazrobbed New Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    I've heard that the Albanian national team has been quite disorganized as of late. I seriously doubt Duka will play for Albania. Plus, their chances of qualifying for the WC is pretty slim. No offense.
     
  25. arsenalfc08

    arsenalfc08 Member

    Mar 14, 2005
    ohio
    Why would be play for Albania? He is doing very well for the u20s and is a good prospect for the future. I can't see him switching.
     

Share This Page