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Former Fire midfielder Dilly Duka reportedly unhappy in Columbus

Tensions between Duka and Gregg Berhalter spiked this week

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For the record, we’re not sharing this story purely out of schadenfreude. While we do maintain that Yellow Is The Color Of Shame And Regret, we’re passing this along because it’s an MLS story of interest to Fire fans.

With that caveat in place, we bring you this story from our colleagues at Massive Report about tensions in the Columbus locker room centering around former Fire midfielder Dilly Duka.

Earlier in the week, Duka took to Twitter to brag about his performances in intrasquad training skirmishes, something which he later described as harmless competitive teammate banter.

That tweet was deleted by the time members of the media were allowed in to talk to Crew players and coaching staff.

During his media availability, Columbus head coach Gregg Berhalter had this to say to reporters:

“It’s been dealt with. 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.”

So... okay. A little weird, but it sounds like everyone just wants the story to go away.

Everyone except Duka, apparently.

Later that night, Duka made this statement to Massive Report:

“My initial tweet was competitive locker room talk, just like when players tweet their 6 a-side winning team picture. Gregg and I spoke early the next morning and discussed why it was sent out and how it was portrayed. We had a quick talk, everything was kosher. After training as I got home, a teammate sent me a text about his media response to the tweet. I was taken by surprise and not happy. He completely twisted any truth of the meaning of the tweet and said nothing about the conversation we had. Clearly it’s not a good situation.”


I don’t have any inside info on what’s going on with That Yellow Team and thus I can’t adequately judge how big a deal this is. But it’s entirely possible that Duka is going to be on the move very soon.

I’m sure he’ll do great in Colorado.