Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Emilio goes back to D.C. - for now
by Ridge Mahoney, April 28th, 2010 7:50PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  d.c. united, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] United's new forward isn’t new at all. Much-maligned by D.C. United fans last year as a Designated Player, striker Luciano Emilio has returned on a short-term contract.

Though his MLS contract expired at the end of the 2009 season, United held its rights within MLS and waited while he played in his native Brazil for Rio Branco de Americana. Several teams approached D.C. with trade offers but nothing satisfied club management, at least not while Emilio’s salary-cap hit wasn’t known.

Still not known is what he will earn, but D.C. does hold an option to retain his rights beyond the three months of his current deal. As a DP, he earned $750,000 last season, during which he scored 10 of his 41 league goals and hit three more in Concacaf Champions’ League play. That wasn’t enough for D.C., which drove him out of the league with a salary offer he considered too low.

Rumors of a trade have swirled for the past month or so, and one could still materialize. Assistant coach Chad Ashton is scouting players in South America, and general manager Dave Kasper and head coach Curt Onalfo have extensive ties in that region of the world as well as Central America. If United signs a forward during the summer transfer period, Emilio could be headed to another team in a trade or via waivers.

“Over the past several months, we’ve been in constant communication with Luciano regarding his playing future and have reached an agreement that provides United a proven MLS goalscorer at terms that take into consideration both parties’ plans for the future,” said Kasper in a statement on the team’s Web site.

Emilio will be officially added to the roster once the league receives his international transfer certificate. United hosts FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup tonight; if the paperwork is completed in time, Emilio could be in the lineup Saturday for a home league game against New York.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Wright-Phillips closes in on scoring record    
[MLS: Saturday] New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips is within three goals of the MLS record for goals ...
Lopez hat trick completes story-book ending    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] Sacramento Republic FC's magical season continued as Rodrigo Lopez scored a hat trick ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 10 North Carolina came back from two goals down to stun No. 12 ...
What They're Saying: Yaya Toure    
"I've been in Manchester for four years now and I have never demanded a birthday cake." ...
Minnesota downs Scorpions before record crowd    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] Minnesota United FC regained the lead in the NASL fall standings as ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 2 UCLA defeated UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on a goal by German star ...
Harrisburg pulls another upset on the road    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] The eighth-seeded Harrisburg City Islanders, who had ousted regular-season champion Orlando City in ...
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ...
This is how you score from 90 yards     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] SC Paderborn 07, playing its first season ever in Bundesliga 1, finds itself ...
Quick Arsenal blitz drops Guzan's Aston Villa    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] The unbeaten start of Brad Guzan's Aston Villa to the English Premier League season ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives