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
Video Pick: Bend it like Uesato    
Our favorite free kick goal of the week comes from J-League 2, where Consadole Sapporo's Kazumasa ...
Breaking down the NCAA Division I women's quarterfinals    
The NCAA Division I Women's Tournament moves into the quarterfinals with three games on Friday and ...
A back-heel sombrero from Greek boy     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Greek youth soccer, in a game between AO Ioannina and Agia Eleousa, delivers ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"Obviously they must be very sad with the result but when we lose against a team ...
Report: W-League champion Pali Blues are folding    
The LA Blues won W-League titles as the Pali Blues in 2009, 2009 and 2013 and ...
The Messi files: Eight amazing scoring records    
Lionel Messi holds all the single-season scoring records. Now, he is cleaning up on the all-time ...
Mulroy departs NASL runner-up Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    
Tommy Mulroy, the longtime soccer promoter, is out as the president of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale ...
Business Reporter: adidas to open store in Orlando stadium    
MLS sponsor adidas will operate the league's first in-stadium store starting in 2016 with the opening ...
Three takeaways from Manchester City-Bayern Munich     
The Champions League actually includes runners-up and third- and fourth-place finishers, but this Group E game ...
Marshall becomes first three-time top MLS defender    
In his first season with the Seattle Sounders, Chad Marshall has been named the MLS Defender ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives