Byline: John Haydon, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
D.C. United star forward Luciano Emilio was named MLS MVP yesterday, beating out Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls and Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire in voting by coaches, general managers, players and media.
Emilio, 28, is the third United player to win the MVP award. Christian Gomez won the prize last year, and Marco Etcheverry took home the award in 1998.
"For me this is very important," Emilio said. "I'm very surprised because Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Juan Pablo Angel are international players. I'm so happy and surprised."
Angel and Blanco both joined the league under the "designated player rule" that allows a club to sign high-profile players outside the salary cap.
This is Emilio's second award this season. The native of Sao Paulo won the MLS Golden Boot for his league-high 20 goals in 29 games. He scored one goal more than Angel, who notched his 19 goals in 24 games, while Blanco had four goals and seven assists in 14 games.
Emilio joined United from Honduran club CD Olimpia in January. …