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United/MLS Update

United Coach Tom Soehn gave his players the day off today, so nothing new to report -- other than the fact that team captain Jaime Moreno was traveling back to Washington from Bolivia after not playing in the 0-0 tie with Colombia on Wednesday.

Lots of speculation about Luciano Emilio's future, but GM Dave Kasper tells me that United holds an option on his contract and fully plans to exercise it on the earliest date (Dec. 1). So unless MLS/DCU receives an extraordinary transfer offer from a club in Europe/Latin America or Emilio says he hates it here and wants to play elsewhere, you should expect him to be back in a United uniform next season.

These items surfaced on other sites while I was in China, but just so you know:

*Seattle is all but certain to become the next MLS expansion city. An announcement might come during MLS Cup festivities in Washington (the city, not the state) next month. The club will make its debut in 2009, not next year, as had been rumored.

*The expansion San Jose club is planning to name a coach by early December, and the names at the top of its wish list are Los Angeles's Frank Yallop (who had coached the Earthquakes to a title) and Houston's Dominic Kinnear (who guided the Bay Area club before it moved to Houston). Yallop appeared on his way out of L.A., but if the Galaxy sneak into the playoffs, might he save his job? Kinnear's job is safe with the Dynamo, but if he wants to return to California, the club might have no choice but to let him go. No word on San Jose's secondary list of candidates.

*Galaxy-Red Bulls at 11 p.m. tonight on ESPN2 -- major playoff implications for L.A., not so much for New York.

By Steve Goff  |  October 18, 2007; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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