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United's Second DP Is.....

Luciano Emilio.

Sort of.

It's complicated.

According to his agent and officials with other MLS clubs who were notified about the upgrade -- and confirmed this morning on DCU's official roster -- the Brazilian striker has filled the designated player slot acquired from Colorado in the Christian Gomez trade.

Here's the deal: Emilio and United have signed an amendment to his original contract, essentially a bonus (how much, I don't know) that brings his earnings past the DP threshhold of $400,000-plus. He had been guaranteed $313,000 this year. His original contract remains intact, but at some point this year, one of three things must occur: United must sign him to a new deal, trade him or sell him abroad. Fair to say, his scoring output the next few months will determine his fate.

As you will recall, Emilio and United had been in discussions over the winter following his MVP and Golden Boot 2007 season about tearing up his original contract and negotiating a new deal. That never occurred, and many around the league have speculated Emilio's scoring drought this spring stems from his unhappiness about his contract status.

Bottom line: Emilio has a fatter contract -- reward for his performance last year and perhaps motivation this year -- and, for the time being, United cannot sign another designated player (from Argentina or elsewhere). It does not, however, prevent the club from acquiring non-DP players from abroad.

I know you have a lot of questions about the technical aspects of this exclusive report, but at the moment, that is all I know. Hopefully more information later.....

By Steve Goff  |  May 8, 2008; 7:38 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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