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Emilio, Julio, Spike, Iran

*Is Luciano Emilio returning to D.C. United this season? The sense I am getting is that the 2007 MLS most valuable player won't be back. One Latin American contact tells me the striker is exploring opportunities in his native Brazil, where he returned with his family for the offseason. A potential deal with a club in the Far East didn't materialize.

At age 31 and with no national team experience, the best he can do is a lower first-division or a second-division club. Emilio -- who joins New York's Juan Pablo Angel as the only players to score at least 10 goals the past three regular seasons -- earned close to $800,000 in 2009. United did not exercise the option on his contract, making him a free agent outside of MLS. United has apparently offered him a new deal at a much-reduced rate.

*A Salvadoran winger aligned with Mexican club Leon (DCU's Christian Castillo) has joined MLS on loan, and another (Julio Martinez) might be on the way. One source tells me that Chicago's plan to hire Carlos de los Cobos as coach hinges, in part, on the Fire's ability to sign Martinez, a 24-year-old right-sided player for de los Cobos on El Salvador's national team.

*He Got Game: Spike Lee joins the board of directors for the USA's bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. Does he get to bring along John Turturro, who has appeared in nine of his films?

*Iran's soccer federation mistakenly sent New Year's greetings to Israel. Welcome to the Dark Ages.

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , USA World Cup bid  
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Rumor also has it that Juan Manuel Peña is coming on a two week trial!! He hasn't played in the last six months but he is a very skilled and smart defender !!
Vamos United

Posted by: ThE-BaRRa-BrAvA-KiD | January 4, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh 1st!!!:)

Posted by: ThE-BaRRa-BrAvA-KiD | January 4, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

whos the other winger?
Good for us, Emilio is looking out which means we can invest on a new striker!!!!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 4, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, Spike is an Arsenal fan...

Posted by: alan19 | January 4, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I bet Turturro could play a pretty convincing Materazzi...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 4, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I bet Turturro could play a pretty convincing Materazzi...

Posted by: DadRyan | January 4, 2010 1:39 PM

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Bahahahahahahahaha.....Monitor clean up!

Posted by: JkR- | January 4, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering how the bleak reports on the MLS labor talks might affect the league's ability to make new signings....

Posted by: fischy | January 4, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Unless there is an actual lockout/strike not sure they will. If they can't agree to a deal but agree to keep working, the current rules stay in affect.

Posted by: owendylan | January 4, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering how the bleak reports on the MLS labor talks might affect the league's ability to make new signings....
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I haven't seen too many reports, bleak or otherwise. Can you provide more detail?

Posted by: universityandpark | January 4, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The Iran thing is pretty funny.

Welcome back, Goff! Don't have to get my fix at soccer by ives. This is the place.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 4, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

All is well, all is well.

Posted by: seahawkdad | January 4, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Kasey Keller has written on his blog about the Union's main demands (guaranteed contracts, freedom of movement)...and press reports are that MLS isn't giving any ground. Lockout looms in a month.

Posted by: fischy | January 4, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame Philly, fischy.

Posted by: Reignking | January 4, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Why do people seem to think this is a good thing? Why did DCU let him go? He had a slow start, but scored 10 goals. Am I missing something?

Posted by: awiseman1 | January 4, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Next year, can we send out Happy New Year's greetings to all FIFA countries except Mexico? ;-)

Welcome back to the salt mines, Mr Goff!

Posted by: dcufan | January 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Why do people seem to think this is a good thing? Why did DCU let him go? He had a slow start, but scored 10 goals. Am I missing something?

Posted by: awiseman1 | January 4, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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Eh, we could have Messi and people would complain that he's short . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | January 4, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

""Why did DCU let him go? He had a slow start, but scored 10 goals. Am I missing something?""

$800 K = 15-20 goals not 10 goals, as well as some key, crucial, game-changing misses and repetitive vanishing acts throughout the season.

$350 K or so might = 10 goals. But Emilio thinks he's worth more than that . . hardly.

Posted by: delantero | January 4, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Next year, can we send out Happy New Year's greetings to all FIFA countries except Mexico? ;-) Posted by: dcufan


And France . . .

Posted by: delantero | January 4, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

awiseman1:

First, any player in MLS getting DP money has to offer more than just streaky goalscoring. The hit against the cap limits the rest of your team, so your DP has to be a reliable matchwinner. Emilio is a great finisher, but even in his 20 goal season you never said to yourself "Wow, Emilio is taking this game over".

Second, Emilio's lack of athleticism, his unreliable first touch, and his ponderous approach outside the box bogged down or killed so many of our attacks this past year. On a team without many fast players, speed of thought and the quickness with which we move the ball is crucial.

Will there be a 15 goal scorer on DC United if Emilio leaves? Probably not. Will the team as a whole be more difficult to defend? Absolutely yes. I don't know about you, but I'd have no problem if we have a bunch of guys with 5-10 goals rather than being utterly reliant on a hot-and-cold poacher.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 4, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Any word on what the new amount is after the pay cut? 200k?

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | January 4, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"Iranian athletes avoid playing Israeli competitors in international matches."

So what happens if they are in the same group in a tournament?

Posted by: spikeman | January 4, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame Philly, fischy.

Posted by: Reignking | January 4, 2010 3:01 PM
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As soon as I posted it, I realized, I should've used the small "u", instead of the capitalized "U". From now on I refer to the Players' Association.

Posted by: fischy | January 4, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Iranian athletes avoid playing Israeli competitors in international matches."

So what happens if they are in the same group in a tournament?

Posted by: spikeman | January 4, 2010 3:35 PM
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If we're talking basketball or soccer, I'd bet Israel wins. Iranians would take the wrestling and weightlifting...and the Great Leader would praise Allah for crushing the singlet-wearing infidel Zionists.

Posted by: fischy | January 4, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall an event at the last Olympics or other big tournament in which an Israeli and Iranian athlete were supposed to face each other. I am thinking it was judo or something similar. And the Iranian refused to participate.

But if they ever both made the World Cup and were drawn into the same group it would make for an interesting scene. Would the people of Iran really accept their team basically forfeiting their way out of the tournament?

Posted by: fedssocr | January 4, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, we are unlikely to find out what will happen if Israel meets Iran in the Cup, since I don't see Israel coming out of UEFA anytime soon...seriously though, I've heard of people geting fired for abusing email or hitting 'reply all' but this is a bit much.

As for Luci- goals are important, but he is not optimized on this team. We don't need a poacher, we need a creator. Poachers have a great purpose, but not on a team that doesn't shoot all that well. Luci makes his living on rebounds and ricochets, we just don't generate enough of those to justify having him on the pitch.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | January 4, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I think Israel could qualify. They've come close the last 2 times, coming down to hte final day. Next time out, Benayoun won't be the only player with decent European experience. Ben-Haim, Ben Sahar and Tamir Cohen will be ready to show some skills. Also, I've been VERY impressed with the goalie for the Israeli team that was in the Champions' League. They gave up some goals, but not because of the 'keeper, Davidovitch -- he'll be in his goalie prime for the next qualifying. With the right draw, they could get in.

Posted by: fischy | January 4, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

live tv and live score for free

http://www.nowgoal.com/22.shtml

Posted by: d1g00f | January 5, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

2d1g00f -- Nothing's "free". It all comes with a cost, including tolerating your periodic spam posts.

Posted by: fischy | January 5, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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