Is Luciano Emilio the key to United turning around its season? Nope.
Did DC United turn around its season last night? Could it be that the team, and its oft-absent striker Luciano Emilio finally found what is missing against Marathon in the Champions League? Is this the beginning of DC’s run into the MLS playoffs? Can DC actually qualify for the second round of the Champions League?
But I want to focus on last night and the man most responsible for United’s turnaround last night and give him his due.
Is it Tom Soehn?
No, not after pulling Tiyiselani Shipalane in the 43rd minute for no good reason.
Is it Kevin Payne?
No, not after I spent yet another night watching the mildew grow and the grass die at the dump known as RFK.
Is it Emilio?
Nope, but he did play very well and if he keeps this up, almost anything is possible.
It’s Manuel Zelaya, ousted former President of Honduras. Yup, this guy.
It’s Zelaya because the events that ousted him and the following disarray that meant that Marathon had to travel by for 8-9 hours to Guatemala before flying to DC where the team didn’t arrive until 1 AM. Marathon, quite frankly looked it, too. They were terrible just about everywhere but in goal. The players just looked drained and, in truth, I really sympathize with them. They themselves seemed pretty relieved about the fact they’re going to stay here in DC until Monday as this weekend’s domestic matches have been canceled. I hope they enjoy the break because what they and the entire country is going through right now is fairly terrible with DC-based folks telling me how worried they are at not being able to contact relatives in Honduras and the serious fear that this could turn into a real civil war.
So now, with Emilio reminding himself that he can in fact put the round white thing into the big rectangle located at each end, DC might just be able to recover the form that saw this team in a playoff spot for most of the season. If they do, let’s all remember the most important catalyst to the the team’s good run….