By Steven Goff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 18, 2007
D.C. United's Luciano Emilio added to his awards collection last night after being named the MLS newcomer of the year and selected to the Best XI all-star team.
Emilio, a Brazilian striker, claimed the Golden Boot as MLS's top scorer with 20 regular season goals and on Thursday was named the league's most valuable player.
Last night, during the MLS gala at the National Building Museum, Emilio was presented the newcomer award. In voting by players, coaches, general managers and reporters, he finished ahead of New York's Juan Pablo Angel and Chicago's Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the same players he beat out for the MVP honor. Emilio arrived in MLS from the Honduran league, Angel from the English Premiership and Blanco from the Mexican league.
Joining Emilio on the Best XI were teammates Ben Olsen and Christian Gomez. It was the first time in 10 seasons that Olsen (seven goals, seven assists) had been so honored and the third time in four years for Gomez (10, nine), the 2006 MVP.
Angel (19 goals) joined Emilio as the Best XI forwards, while New England's Shalrie Joseph, Houston's Dwayne De Rosario and Columbus's Guillermo Barros Schelotto were voted alongside Olsen and Gomez in midfield. The defenders were Houston's Eddie Robinson, New England's Michael Parkhurst and Chivas USA's Jonathan Bornstein. Brad Guzan of Chivas USA was the goalkeeping representative.
Guzan, Parkhurst, Robinson, Bornstein, Angel and Schelotto were honored for the first time, Joseph the second and De Rosario the third.
Cobi Jones, who retired after 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy, was presented the commissioner's award.
"While his impact on the field is legendary, it is what Cobi represents as an ambassador for the sport and his commitment to being a role model and citizen athlete that truly sets him apart," Commissioner Don Garber said.
United collected front-office awards in public relations, game operations, athletic training, equipment managing and ticket sales.