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D.C. United reacquires Luciano Emilio

Luciano Emilio and D.C. United are together again.

After seemingly parting ways over the winter, the winless MLS club and 2007 league MVP agreed to a three-month contract Wednesday. It includes a club-held option that could keep him in Washington for the entire season.

Pending approval of his international transfer certificate, the Brazilian striker.....

will be eligible to play for a D.C. squad that has scored just two goals in four losses to start the season. Emilio, 31, will resume practicing with the team Thursday and might be cleared in time to play Saturday against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium.

Under terms of the agreement, United will decide in July whether to retain him for the remainder of the season. The club is actively searching overseas for attacking help -- technical director Chad Ashton is in South America this week -- and positioning itself for a possible major acquisition when the international transfer window re-opens in mid-July. The results of that search, combined with Emilio's production and other team factors, will help determine his future. Keeping Emilio and signing a new player seems possible, as well.

He had 41 regular season goals the past three years for United but his production dropped each season.

During the winter, with his contract expired, Emilio joined Rio Branco in Brazil. Though he and United were unable to reach agreement on a new pact, D.C. maintained his MLS rights and attempted to trade him. (Philadelphia and at least one other club were interested.) During the process, General Manager Dave Kasper said repeatedly that United had no intention of retaining him.

One potential deal fell through. With no other options, Emilio lowered his asking price, and with United laboring to score goals, D.C. officials restarted negotiations last week. In other words, they needed one another.

Emilio, who was paid more than $750,000 last year, took a huge cut to return to United. Kasper declined to reveal the figure but said it is "very modest money" and that it will not have a significant impact on the salary cap. To create roster space, United plans to place defender Marc Burch, who is sidelined for several months following foot surgery, on injured reserve.

Asked why United decided to reverse course and reacquire Emilio, Kasper cited the player's lower salary demand and recent hamstring injuries to forwards Chris Pontius and Danny Allsopp. The club's offensive shortcomings -- it has been shut out in three of four league matches -- were undoubtedly a factor too.

"He is a proven commodity in the league," Kasper said. "We know what he is about and he is very motivated."


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By Steve Goff  |  April 28, 2010; 4:04 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, Luciano Emilio, Major League Soccer  
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Comments

I don't believe it. Jaw-dropping.

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

wow

Posted by: rockotodd | April 28, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Just when you think it can't get sillier. Thanks Dave Kasper!

Posted by: Section117 | April 28, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

classic

Posted by: hibachi | April 28, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Saw it coming, still amazed. Hope he comes in and proves all the doubters (me included) wrong.

Posted by: joemybro | April 28, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Spastic

Posted by: RedDevil1 | April 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

what a year

Posted by: sire1 | April 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

hahahahaha

Posted by: the_slammer | April 28, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I am speechless.

I have no idea whether this is a prudent move for this organization at this very specific time, with the issues we face at this very specific time.

What I do know, though, is that it smells to me like the actions of an organization that doesn't know what else to do.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | April 28, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

front office incompetence?

Posted by: andrew23 | April 28, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The front office has to have egg on their face over this either way. If Emilio scores 10 goals in 5 games, they're idiots for not having retained him from the beginning. If he scores 0 goals in 10 games, they're idiots for second-guessing themselves. I'm not sure what else I can say.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | April 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Yougottabefriggingkiddinme.

Hope it's not more than 100K.

Wasn't it a week or so ago that we were told that "DC has no interest"????@!

Posted by: delantero | April 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

!!!!

Posted by: nairbsod | April 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Well that was random.

Goff, is this a prelude to a trade or an actual signing? It just seems weird that they would bring him in for what is essentially a rental when another team was willing to trade for him.

Posted by: jason1551 | April 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Without any service he won't be scoring any goals either. It'll just be a reprise of last season.

Posted by: fedssocr | April 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Next signing:
Raul Diaz Arce

Posted by: rockotodd | April 28, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This is discouraging. There is genuine excitement for all the teams in MLS...except DCU. While other teams are scouting exciting, affordable talent or investing money into DPs, DCU is signing retreads and waiver wire fodder. Have fun in South America Chad but we all know you're just going to re-sign Gomez during your layover in Miami.

Posted by: ajaxdude | April 28, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

dubya. tee. eff.

There isn't any hope that he will actually help the attack. It was obvious last season that he had lost at least one step, perhaps two, and could not produce without a superior midfield creating golden opportunities for him, a midfield we didn't have then and certainly don't have now.

Sad. Just sad.

Posted by: bselig | April 28, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If he can get rid of that Brazilian frog buried somewhere on the pitch, he's worth every penny!

Posted by: harkes4ever | April 28, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Interesting...

Posted by: swampdogoh | April 28, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

He's available quickly, cheaply, and needs no 'adjustment' period.

With eleventy guys hurt, it seems an obvious, and good move...

Who else could they bring in that's available Saturday?

Posted by: JkR- | April 28, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

On the one hand, this is a pure genius move. Imagine if DCU had agreed to his contract demands over the offseason. We are getting him at a seeming bargain, and he seems to have a chip on his shoulder that can perhaps motivate him.

On the other hand, it is disheartening that our vaunted Latin American scouting operation can't find anyone other than a DCU retread. When did this franchise become so pathetic overnight?

Posted by: jofij | April 28, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

If he scores 10 in 5, he gets a DP contract.

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

No service = No goals for Emilio.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 28, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey, that's Jozy's excuse!

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Barca needs 2 goals in 7 minutes.

Wait, Barca needs 1 goal in 7 minutes. (Pique 92')

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 28, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Wait. Pique was offside by a step.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 28, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Wait. Pique was offside by a step but it was not called.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 28, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

If Messi scores, pull out the defibrillators for Ray Hudson.

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Inter had a goal stand that was offside last week, so I guess they're even.

Posted by: jason1551 | April 28, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This is like the slobbering drunk at the office picnic teaming up with another slobbering drunk for the 3-legged race.

Posted by: Ron16 | April 28, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

...and the waft of desperation has descended, as foretold by the prophet.

Posted by: MikeCinDC | April 28, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Inter v Bayern.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 28, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the ref whiners can stop now...

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I had a sneaking suspicion this might end up happening, after all was said and done.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | April 28, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Mourinho made Barca look ordinary. Well done, Inter.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | April 28, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm just waiting for RFK to crumble with me in it.

Posted by: sitruc | April 28, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Intriguing, but not a total surprise. Emilio is desperate to play, and DCU is desperate for help, and their separation hasn't been long (4 league games.

Now we need to bring Adu in from Greece.....lol.

Posted by: invncbl | April 28, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The team needed someone who knows where the frogs are buried.

I love Luci!!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 28, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Subtraction by addition.

Posted by: benonthehill | April 28, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Goff "In other words, they needed one another." Or better yet... 'They deserve each other'. Allsopp has a hammy as well? Christman
Barklage
Allsopp

The 17 yr. old wonder boy who is being rushed & in horrible situation...
Chad Ashton - Ashton Kutcher - Bruce Willis all poised for a major South American signing Uh yeah..OK & throw in Franck Ribery as well for the perfect off-season cluster....
Dave Kasper asleep at the wheel again
#99 doesn't deserve this train wreck

Posted by: Zipfutbol | April 28, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

as much as I don't really like this, it makes sense. DC really sucks. If Emilio is motivated and produces, it will make his trade value more, and it may help us win some games. If he doesn't produce, we spent a little money, and can cut our losses after 3 months.

I can live with this.

Posted by: torrey151 | April 28, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

LUUUUUUCCCIII, I'm hoooommmmeee!

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad move at all.

We have a huge short-term need. Emilio has a huge incentive to make an impact (whether for staying in DC or establishing his trade value).

At such a modest cost, all we lose is an injured Burch, which is to say, nothing at all. Oh, except a little pride -- but that's Kasper's problem.

Granted, we still have a long list of scouting needs, but short-term, we could hardly ask for a better arrangement.

Welcome home, Emilio!

Posted by: -rke- | April 28, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So has Real Madrid faxed the contract offer to Mourinho yet, with an added $500k bonus for keeping Barca from playing in the final at the Bernabeu? :-)

Posted by: Juan-John1 | April 28, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Barca showing what a classy club they are by grabbing and shouting at Jose and then quickly turning on the sprinklers to get everyone out.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | April 28, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Eto'o really got the last laugh.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Posted by: Reignking | April 28, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

With Luci back in the locker room Serenading Perkins with James Blunt tunes things will soon be Beautiful again...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wtRyaP35m0

Posted by: DadRyan | April 28, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the first move that makes any sense to me this season. They never should have let Emilio go in the first place without having a proper replacement. Now at least Jaime or whoever can have somebody to service the ball to. I am very happy that Lucigoal is back!

Posted by: alan19 | April 28, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

what we need is Roy Lassiter, not RDA.

Luci can't do any worse than the guys we have now. If he's not costing us much at least he knows some of his teammates and might have an easier time re-integrating than some one totally new.

Posted by: fedssocr | April 28, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This is a shocking move. DC United might as well have signed a white flag of surrender. The front office has no plan--not even as much as a single lead--to lift this team out of last place.

Luci isn't any better today than he was when DC released him because he wasn't good enough. I know they're signing him for a lot less money, but they are also admitting that they don't intend for the team to improve in the future.

Off topic, but I actually woke up this morning thinking that the shrewdest coaching move we will see all season was Caleb Porter's decision to stay at Akron.

Posted by: hungrypug | April 28, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

When I saw this, I LITERALLY thought it was a joke. Whatever...I'll take him, at this point.

Posted by: asnoel | April 28, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

^^^^^Bitter....


There was almost zero alternatives for players who could start immediately. This has nowt to do the with Front Office's long term plans, whatever they might be. IMHO. YMMV. ETC.

Posted by: JkR- | April 28, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

all of the emilio bashers need to consider that he had wonderful service when he was scoring all those goals. did emilio suddenly start sucking, or was he never all that good to begin with? he set the bar high when he first came here. we lost some talent, and he started to struggle. when he was scoring, the FO rewarded him, justifiably, for playing well. when he struggled, we all called the FO stupid. I'm not giving a pass to the FO for the rest of their questionable moves, but I have no problem really on how they have handled emilio. No one has a crystal ball and can tell that someone is going suck after they make big money.

that being said, I think he is still going to struggle, because he will not have much good service. however, he needs to play well for his future career, so at this point, it is a good move for United. I mean, we can't do any worse.

Posted by: torrey151 | April 28, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

all of the emilio bashers need to consider that he had wonderful service when he was scoring all those goals. did emilio suddenly start sucking, or was he never all that good to begin with? he set the bar high when he first came here. we lost some talent, and he started to struggle. when he was scoring, the FO rewarded him, justifiably, for playing well. when he struggled, we all called the FO stupid. I'm not giving a pass to the FO for the rest of their questionable moves, but I have no problem really on how they have handled emilio. No one has a crystal ball and can tell that someone is going suck after they make big money.

that being said, I think he is still going to struggle, because he will not have much good service. however, he needs to play well for his future career, so at this point, it is a good move for United. I mean, we can't do any worse.

Posted by: torrey151 | April 28, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow...We are D.E.S.P.E.R.A.T.E!

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | April 28, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I can't do any harm having Luci around. We should poach Christian Gomez from Miami...should be able to
sign him for the league minimum.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | April 28, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

oh boy..if we dont fire Kasper I dont know what else is to come.

I actually hope Emilio does well and I'll be there to root for him this Saturday,

Posted by: godpere | April 28, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Of this move stinks with the stench of the desperate and the doomed, but come on, if you had the choice between Emilio and no stop gap player at this point, would you really turn him down?

Posted by: DCUCurmudgeon | April 28, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Never did understand what Kasper et al were thinking when they decided to dump Emilio and Gomez (and later Fred) to begin with. A bit long in the tooth, sure, but they generally got results. With those guys around, United were probably one or two more impact players away from another MLS Cup appearance. In any case, a complete makeover wasn't necessary or warranted -- the team just needed to sign and integrate some outstanding new guys (like Pontius). Unfortunately for D.C. fans, they went for the extreme makeover and it backfired, as extreme makeovers are wont to do. Maybe they'll know better next time.

Posted by: WorldCitizen1 | April 28, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I hope Emilio does well, and if the salary is reasonable I don't see this as a bad move necessarily... but man, it really does reek of desperation. I hope the front office has legitimate plans for summer acquisitions, but at this point I'm not holding my breath. Who's next? Mario Gori? Ben Iroha?

Posted by: ricky_b | April 28, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't see a downside to this and I welcome Luciano back under the reported terms. He can step in and be a threat, acknowledging that he's not likely to get a lot of good service. For him (well, for anyone) you can't ask too much where he's less effective - holding the ball, receiving long balls out of the back with first touch. With the ball at his feet he's a handful one on one. As far as "motivated", he can show that by picking up his defensive game and seeing others better and using them in the attack. Good luck Luci.

Posted by: lands37 | April 28, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Some clubs are accused of being a circus. We just tell you where the monkeys are.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 28, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is getting ridiculous!

Posted by: ihillvt | April 28, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Asked why United decided to reverse course and reacquire Emilio, Kasper should have said, "Have you seen us play? Really, how much worse can we be with him than without him. Face it. We're going nowhere, and we can get just rid of him again next year when we promise to 'improve' the team. And, by the way, next year we're going to use magic to get better."

Welcome back, Lucio. Careful with those hamstrings, now.

Posted by: rcdwriting | April 28, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

If they bring him in for 3 months--until the summer transfer window opens and they bring in some "big name signing"--will Luci still take up a roster spot if they can successfully trade him to someone else in MLS or waive him or whatever?

If so then this is a brilliant move (even if it looks or is desperation). You bring in a guy with a lot of motivation to prove himself (he needs the suitors as badly as DCU wants the suitors to be there) for reportedly MUCH less than you used to pay him. If there was someone else then this might not be smart, but THERE IS NO ONE ELSE until the summer transfer window.

So for right now you get someone who will either bust or be awesome for the 3 months where you couldn't do anything else anyway, and then you have the option to sell him or waive him or whatever you want while you bring in some big cash signings.

I applaud the F.O. for this move because even if he sucks DCU gets no worse. If he does well then he was worth the money until new blood can be brought in. If he amazes then you can use that as trade bait or keep him around at a highly reduced salary. For DCU it seems like a win win win to me.

Posted by: elopingcamel | April 28, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

"Very modest money" . . . gotta wonder what that is.

You would it would mean less than $100,000, but since he was making DP money before, I guess six figures could still be "very modest."

I still think $40k plus $10k per goal is fine.

He'd better be in shape.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 28, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Think, fc1, think, dammit!

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 28, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Does he still have his jerry curl?

"You are beautiful...beautiful"

Oi Vey.

Posted by: wanker82 | April 29, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

A no brainer with all the issues up front and the pay cut/hair cut Luci is taking....

Posted by: lovinliberty | April 29, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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