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Emilio deal to Union pending

The Washington Post is reporting that Brazilian striker Luciano Emilio has a tentative deal with the Philadelphia Union.

According to the report, Emilio “is losing patience with D.C. United to trade his rights and would like to join a new MLS club, preferably the expansion Philadelphia Union, as soon as possible.”

Emilio told the Washington Post that the Union “has offered financial and draft considerations to United.” Emilio is quoted as saying of the delay in finalizing the deal, “I am very frustrated with this situation . . . I am not happy they [DC United] are keeping me from working.”

The 2007 MLS MVP had played in Brazil for Rio Blanco during the MLS off season. If his international transfer certificate is not requested by a MLS club before next Thursday’s league deadline, he will not be able to move back to the MLS until the summer transfer window opens on July 15.

United general manager Dave Kasper is quoted in the report, “We told him through his agent to be patient. We understand he wants to play in MLS, but there is more than one team interested.”

There has been speculation that FC Dallas has expressed interest in Emilio, but it is understood that he does not wish to play there. If DC United reaches a deal with a club the Brazilian does not want to play for, the deal will be voided.

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