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Brazil´s Emilio named MLS Most Valuable Player

15 November 2007 22:37

WASHINGTON (AFP) - DC United forward Luciano Emilio of Brazil was named the Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player here Thursday, calling the honor the greatest moment of his career.

Emilio scored an MLS-best 20 goals in 29 games for United, which had the best regular-season record in the 13-team North American league but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

"This moment is the best moment of my career. I'm so happy," Emilio said.

Emilio, who turns 29 next month, signed with United in January after playing for CD Olimpia of Honduras and helped spark the club through a slow start to the league's top mark.

"We stayed together. We spoke a lot in the locker room. We had a good team. We stayed very positive," Emilio said. "Everything is very good for us. We worked very hard. I'm so happy."

New England will play defending MLS champion Houston here Sunday in the MLS Cup final.

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