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*The curious case of Luciano Emilio, D.C. United and MLS continues.....

United had been under the impression that, in order for the Brazilian striker to return to MLS (and for DCU to receive compensation for his rights), Emilio would have to agree to a new contract and the club would have to arrange a trade by this evening, when the league's international transfer window closes. Not true. It turns out, Emilio's contract with Brazilian club Rio Branco expired April 1, which means the transfer rule does not apply and he can join an MLS club at any time.

Despite this revelation, United retains the right of first refusal and can request compensation if another MLS club wants to obtain him. No deal is imminent, United General Manager Dave Kasper said. He did not want to discuss the matter in further detail. A move could happen tomorrow, it could happen in June. Or Emilio might find a home in a league outside of MLS. Kasper reiterated that Emilio will not rejoin United.

A source close to the situation said DCU did reach a tentative agreement to trade his rights to an MLS club -- I don't know which one -- but Emilio declined to play there. He has expressed a desire to play for the Philadelphia Union, and although the Union did show interest at one point, a trade never materialized.

Meantime, he said that he has cut ties with U.S.-based agent Alex Solis and working on his own toward finding a new club, preferably in MLS. He has a green card for permanent residency (which expires Sept. 15, if he doesn't find work) and does not count toward the foreign player limit.

Got it? Good. Because this matter has grown tiresome.

In other club news.....

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*Midfielder Brandon Barklage, who suffered a head injury last weekend in Philadelphia, went through a light workout Thursday and will train Friday to test whether he is fit for inclusion on the roster Saturday against the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium.

*Midfielder Drew Yates, a Chicago draft pick from the University of Maryland who has been in DCU training camp for the past month, is planning to sign with second-division FC Tampa Bay. Thursday was his last day with United. Tampa Bay will visit Crystal Palace Baltimore on Friday night.

*Forward Junior da Silva, the 18-year-old brother of Philadelphia midfielder Fred, remains on trial and, as a free agent, is available to be signed at any time. Gambian forward Edrissa Jarra, 19, is also still with the club but not eligible for a contract until the next transfer window re-opens July 15.

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By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Chicago Fire S.C., Crystal Palace Baltimore, D.C. United, Luciano Emilio, Major League Soccer, Philadelphia Union, Rio Branco, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Soccer, Transfer window  
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Sign Junior. Can't be worse than what we've put on the field the last three weeks.

Posted by: daandre3 | April 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

If that's your logic on new signings, why don't they sign me.

Posted by: Matte | April 15, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

because you know logic, and its tough to find logic in the play of the past few games

Posted by: SexyOffender | April 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Luci. Still making us wonder what will happen.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Know what else has grown tiresome? Dave Kasper's GM tenure.

Posted by: Section117 | April 15, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

For those of you with On Demand, in the Sports section, espn has a section, with World Cup being one if their headers. They have a 13 minute extended highlight package from the Costa Ruca game at RFK, the 02 Mexico game, and Colombia in 94, as well as some other features.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 15, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I wish Emilio the best.

I love Luci but I'm kind of disappointed he never donned a bright red wig to celebrate a goal.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 15, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Stevino, didn't you say that Dallas wanted him and he said no to them? Is that the mystery club you are referring to? So if he wants to play so badly in the states, why not take the mystery club's offer? Me thinks he only wants to play for Peter, and this is his weak attempt at negotiating, his agent probably advised against it and boom, fired.

Posted by: member8 | April 15, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"He has a green card for permanent residency (which expires Sept. 15, if he doesn't find work) and does not count toward the foreign player limit."

Not that it really affects the story, but this sounds wrong. Green card status aka permanent resident status, does not expire. Even if the card itself expires, one is still a PR until a court decides otherwise. There is such a thing as conditional PR status if one obtains it through marriage, but I have never heard of PR status expiring because the holder did not obtain employment.

Posted by: newxgate1 | April 15, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Dallas isnt a place he would want to go? East coast only? Close to Fred?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | April 15, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Dallas isnt a place he would want to go? East coast only? Close to Fred?

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | April 15, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

What's the timeline for Namoff, Simms and Burch's return?

Wake me up when they get back.

Posted by: delantero | April 15, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Got it? Good. Because this matter has grown tiresome.


Hmm...aren't you the one reporting all of the details?

Posted by: OhBoyOhBoy | April 15, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Well according to the Brazilian Soccer name generator he'd be JUNIECA... Just give him the 10 shirt and lets roll...

Posted by: DadRyan | April 15, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow... it's inexcusable for the DCU brass not to be on top of this matter. This situation is one of the few means for (badly needed) roster improvement available to the team right now, and they should be expected to take full advantage of it.

I too am really growing tired of Dave Kasper's tenure as GM.
Going back a few years to review:

-- We lose Rod Dyachenko in an expansion draft, only to give up value to get him back.

-- We trade Bobby Boswell for Zach Wells, who has since retired.

-- We sign a lazy striker (Emilio) with no first touch to a DP contract, then watch him deteriorate in front of our eyes.

-- We sit around lazily when given an opportunity to trade the rights to said lazy striker in exchange for (hopefully) something of value.

-- We bring in a foreign midfielder/defender (position of real need) who doesn't even make the team (Flo).

-- We give up an allocation spot to take a young midfielder who ended up getting cut (Szetela).

-- We trade Fred (who we could REALLY use in that #10 role) for the rights to Troy Perkins... ok Troy's not that bad, but this is while Kevin Hartman, Jon Busch, and several other established keepers are (or were about to become) available!

-- Gonzalo... times 2. Need I say more? Yes? Ok, Franco Niell. That should do it.

I don't know if any or all of these personnel errors (just to name a few) were actually Kasper's fault, but they're definitely the fault of someone in the front office.

This is just getting to be sad.

Posted by: jrnail23 | April 15, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

We give up an allocation spot to take a young midfielder who ended up getting cut (Szetela).

The allocation list resets at the end of the season. Szetela was the only option available, as FCD wasn't going to pass on Pearce, and no one else cam back before the end of December.

Posted by: jason1551 | April 15, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Wishing Luci the best, though that "I'm my own agent" thing didn't seem to work out too well for Crayton.

Posted by: nairbsod | April 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse


you got a good left foot? Or right foot? Can you play defense? Win headers in the box?

Not saying I'd sign just anyone, but JR's got good genes and scored a couple in that reserve match. One thing (among many) we need is goals.

Posted by: daandre3 | April 15, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Kasper reiterated that "Emilio will not rejoin United". Why would they even think about that, United has scored goals through the first 3 games at an unbelievable pace?!? How quickly this franchise is becoming embarassing on the field & with the front office. I live in Mass but love this team, however, I'm glad I chose a week before this season began not to order the M.L.S. Direct Kick cable television package for $80; It would have been a waste of my money. At least I'm not a season ticket holder living in the D.C. area; that would have sucked badly!

Posted by: YNOT1970 | April 15, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

@ynot - Well I live here and have season tickets. Still is fun to see the game live but this team is dreadful so far. However, after seeing Seitz show for the second straight week why he didn't beat out Rimando for the starting job in RSL, I pity the Philly fans who will see howler after howler this year from their keeper.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Sign Junior. Can't be worse than what we've put on the field the last three weeks.

Posted by: daandre3 | April 15, 2010 5:19 PM

You didn't see him play on Sunday, I'm guessing...even before he got a straight red an exhibition game. Actually, I was prepared to write him off, because he was originally reported to be 24 years old. If he's only 18, he's got the potential to develop into an MLS-level player. He's not there now, but he's got pretty good footwork -- (i.e., he can dribble a bit, but not much more). He's certainly not worth an international slot that we can use on a top player this summer. A year training with a pro club will be a pretty good deal for him -- maybe he can play in Super-Y games, too.

I imagine Fred is helping his brother out financially, but I'm curious about how a Gambian teenager can afford to stay here indefinitely, unpaid and on trial with DCU. Jarra also looked pretty raw, but he's got the body to be a good one, if he gets the coordination to go with it. He's very tall, and pretty fast. When he fills out and develops better touch and positioning, he could turn out to be a find. If he can hang around for another year, I could see him in one of those international slots.

Posted by: fischy | April 15, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

jrnail23 -- People keep bringing up our "using an allocation on Szetela" as if that by itself was some kind of mistake. The "allocation" used to get Szetela was our slot in the annual "you suck" allocation list. They go away at the end of the year. We weren't at the top of the list -- other teams above us passed on Szetela, and he fell down to us. If we hadn't used it on Szetela, we wouldn't have had the opportunity to use it on anyone else, and at the end of the year it would go away. So it wasn't squandered.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | April 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

@jrnail: I can't argue with much of what you said, but when Fred was with DC United, he was tried as the "#10 shirt" creative midfielder several times. He was TERRIBLE. Completely USELESS in that role. As bad as Quaranta was in that role this season, Fred was even worse.

Oh, and the Caps are chokers.

Posted by: Ron16 | April 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

please bring in a legit playmaker.

Posted by: godpere | April 15, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Fred played once last year as a CAM, it was probably the best game anyone on United had. Tino is a joke, not sure if I've ever seen him beat someone on the dribble.

Posted by: knape1 | April 16, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Naw tino is not a joke. When he played for the US national team, his deliveries into the box were great, he just needs to get back into that form. Our D is TERRIBLE!! We are making Perkins look like a rookie. I am a season ticket holder, and i turned off the game against philly before we scored those 2 lucky goals. Our team unity and organization is the worst in the league. I blame Onalfo 100 percent for our performances. Its the coaches job to put the team on the same page, and he has not even come close so far. Alsopp is also not as impressive as i hoped. We need Burch and Namoff badly right now, I dont think we have ever looked so confused on the field. We should have hired Sasho Cirovsky as coach.

Posted by: g3impreza | April 16, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget about drafting Kocic, then cutting him after one year. Subsequently, Preki (a coach I wish was ours) signed him in Toronto just before the season started. For all the reasons stated by earlier posts, Kasper should be subject to a "no confidence" vote by the fans.

Posted by: alan19 | April 16, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I know that it is likely that federal anti-trust laws don't apply to MLS because it is a single entity and the teams individually are not business entities in competition with one another.

Yes, I know the single entity structure has been blessed by a federal court in the players' lawsuit in 1997.

It just quite simply to me seems that a rule that allows a team who has no interest in the services of a player to receive compensation in order to permit that player to work in reasonable or legal.

Setting aside the fact that Kasper is an idiot on many levels (he should keep his mouth shut about about DCU's desire to not bring Luci back and as a soccer team general manager about judging a player who is a proven goal scorer as useless for a team that HAS LOST ALL ITS GAMES and scored 2 goals!!), by stating that DCU has no interest in this player, he is defeating any argument that to DCU this player has value the loss of which entitles DCU to receive equitable compensation.

If the league wants to be on firm ground here legally and morally, they should conduct a supplemental draft for Luci and if a team claims him and can sign him in compliance with its salary budget, DCU gets an additional draft pick in one of the rounds of the superdraft (position of his pick could be tied to the amount of money that is paid to the player).

This way, the team claiming him doesn't lose anything (why should it? Luci's services have been repudiated by the team who last had him on the field), and DCU gets something for its "loss" of a player, no matter how illusory that loss really is.

This is reasonable, and therefore could arguably pass the test of the rule of reason as under federal anti-trust law. Otherwise, I still believe that as long as DCU insists on blocking Luci's chances of playing where he wants to and where he is wanted, he has a colorable claim in federal court.

Posted by: lgm6986 | April 16, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Funny someone mentioned Franco Niel...

I went to Ecuador a couple months back and went to a Deportivo Quito match with some local friends. Who comes on in the second half? None other than the gnome himself.

Needless to say, they couldn't understand the acquisition either. Poor guy.

Posted by: robgoff3 | April 16, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

For those of us who blamed Kasper two seasons ago for DCU's direction and were derided by other posters (Reignking, you know who you are), I'd like to think there's vindication but no joy. Granted, no one can be blamed for the incredible run of injuries on defense, but this team is showing no talent anywhere else other than creativity from the ageless #99. This isn't a matter of needing time for the team to come together...Philly showed even an expansion team can do that. This is a matter of not having the talent. Where does the blame fall for that? The GM.

Posted by: BillyBob4 | April 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The Soccer Insider is the best if only because there are blog commentators that have seen Franco Niell play in person in Ecuador. Top notch!

I had forgotten about the Rod Dyachenko fiasco. I wonder if he is still stateless...

Posted by: diego_r | April 16, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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