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DCU-NY, The Aftermath

Show of hands, as of a few weeks ago, who wanted Luciano Emilio driven to the city limits and told never to return? Go ahead, admit it, don't be shy. Good thing that didn't happen, huh? His first MLS hat trick -- that Olsen character had one last season, but not Emilio -- lifted United to another victory as the club slowly ascends the Eastern Conference standings.

This will interest you: Two sources tell me Morelia's head coach and top assistant were at RFK, perhaps scouting a certain Brazilian striker and preparing a transfer offer? Hmmm. DCU folks declined to address the fact that the Morelia boys were in town, saying clubs scout their players regularly.

Video highlights available here.

My match report available here.

Bonus quotes.....

Clyde Simms, commenting on Fred's dribbling display -- the one with his thighs, not his feet: "I was behind him. I didn't see the ball hit the ground, and I heard the crowd go crazy."

Tom Soehn, on the game: "I actually thought in the first half, it was a three-goal lead and I came in [the locker room] a little disappointed that we didn't play better. I thought we finished well, but we didn't manage the game that well. I expected a little bit more from the start of the game."

Soehn, on Zach Wells: "He is manning the box a little bit more. He's more decisive in the decisions he makes and that's what we have asked of him."

Soehn, on Fred: "Fred started a bit slow, but once he got going, he does things that not too many people can do. He is so creative and he is always thinking ahead of the game. He brings a lot of life to that spot and today we needed to get his touch count up because when he gets a lot of touches, especially with Marcelo out, it's a good thing for us. He brought a lot of energy to that spot in the second half."

Soehn, on Rod Dyachenko: "We moved him out wide [in the second half] because I thought we weren't getting enough out of him in the middle."

Devon McTavish, on Emilio: "If you look back at the games earlier in the season, he wasn't nearly as sharp as he is now. He didn't have the aggression in front of the net. He's been phenomenal holding the ball and just laying it back. That's the Luci we know. He started scoring, and he just gets so excited about it; he wants to do it every day. You should see him in practice when he scores; he celebrates like it's the World Cup. He's having fun and we just hope he continues it because he's tough to stop when he is on his game."

PLAYER RATINGS: Wells 5; Martinez 7, Peralta 6, McTavish 7, Burch 6; Quaranta 7, Simms 8, Dyachenko 5, Fred 8; Moreno 8, Emilio 9. Subs: Mediate 6, Kirk 5, Stratford 5.

By Steve Goff  |  June 15, 2008; 12:21 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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