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Emilio Is Staying

As we told you the other day, Morelia Coach Luis Fernando Tena and one of his assistants attended D.C. United's match against New York on Saturday night at Estadio RFK. Their target: Luciano Emilio.

But according to both Emilio and DCU General Manager Dave Kasper today, the club is not willing to sell the Brazilian striker and plans to enter into negotiations for a long-term contract sometime this summer.

"It is our objective to keep Luciano," Kasper said.

So unless a remarkable offer comes along soon, Emilio will be in Washington for the remainder of the MLS season. Beyond this year, we'll see if they are able to reach a new deal. I will have much more on this subject in Wednesday's print edition (available online late tonight).

Meantime, United has a goalkeeper in town all week on trial: Manuel Vallaurio, a 21-year-old prospect from Monaco. If the club likes him, they could acquire him in on loan as a low-salary senior roster player.

Given Emilio's recent form, should United stick with him the rest of the season and seek a long-term deal? Or is he at peak value and a modest commodity to sell on the international market?

By Steve Goff  |  June 17, 2008; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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