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-- Josh Gros, who suffered another concussion Saturday at Columbus, did not practice today and is scheduled to see doctors and specialists this week. I wouldn't expect to see him in a match again for quite some time, and there is some talk that his season might be over. I will explore this subject at greater length in tomorrow's print edition story, which will appear on the Post Web site late this evening.

-- Ben Olsen has trained the past two days and should be ready to play Wednesday against the Red Bulls. The bone spur problem flares up every so often and he needed a break over the weekend. He did say he plans to have surgery during the offseason to clean out the ankle.

-- Tom Soehn, on the Red Bulls' 5-4 game with Becks and the Galaxy on Saturday: "It was a wide-open game. I think it was great for the game as far as the fans and a lot of goals scored, but as a coach, you scratch your head and wonder where the defending was. ... As far as entertainment value, it was great for the league."

-- I asked Bobby Boswell if he was surprised he didn't play Saturday at Columbus.

"Yup," he said.

What did the coaches tell you?

"Nothing. It's part of the game. It's one of those things where sometimes you play, sometimes you don't. You have to get back to work and make improvements, make adjustments, step your game up, work hard and hopefully get the call tomorrow. If I don't, I'll get ready for the reserve game."

Were you upset or disappointed?

"You always want to play. It's one of those situations where it's the coach's job, they make decisions that they think will help the team. You want to be a part of those decisions, but like I've said all year, the team is the most important thing. There are guys who are hungry and you've got to keep working."

Soehn, on his options in central defense: "From a coaching standpoint, it's a great thing to have. Everybody is better when you have someone looking over your shoulder. It pushes each other to stay sharp. How we [the coaches] deal with that, it's a luxury. How the guys do it, they have to be professional and make sure they are supportive when they are on the field or when they are not."

Soehn, on Simms: "He has come with a little more vigor, and that part is important. We need guys to win balls in the middle of the field, and not just the 50-50s, but sometimes the 40-60s. Those are the types of plays he's making for us right now."

By Steve Goff  |  August 21, 2007; 1:28 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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