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DCU News & Notes

Not a lot of hard news to share, to be honest. The team returned to training today and will fly to Los Angeles early tomorrow morning for Thursday's match at Chivas USA.

Some of you asked whether Luciano Emilio was injured or upset (or both) when he was removed from the Dallas game with United comfortably ahead. I mentioned in an earlier thread that the plan all along was to get him out of the match if United was winning (because of his recovering hamstring), and that's what the club did. He's a competitor; he wants to play and he wants to score.

Here's Tom Soehn's take:

"There's no sense to run him when you have a four-goal lead. He still didn't want to come out. He's hungry for goals, and you love that about the guy, but regardless we've got to be smart."

Soehn, on Vanney: "He's done a great job. It took him a while to get healthy, but now that he is healthy, he gives us a calmness there, our shape is pretty darn good all the time whether we are pushed up high, so we are compact. He's impacting that a lot. We brought him in with the idea that he could help some of our other guys understand how to do that, and I think it's already showing."

Soehn, on balancing the defensive corps: "It's nice to have options and we have a lot of games. ... You are going to manage it obviously how sharp the guys are, injuries, who you are playing against, there are so many different things that you evaluate before you make your decision."

At some point, you have to make a decision, right?

"If our schedule ever thins out, then we'll probably be a bit more direct on how we do things. I don't see that coming anytime soon. ... Just because one of those guys is sitting out doesn't mean they are not good enough to start for our team. Everybody knows that all through the team, that we've been very fair and pretty honest with everybody and it takes a whole team to win a championship or win games."

Bobby Boswell, on returning to the starting lineup: "We learned the lineup the day of the game, the pregame meal. I had an idea. He kept telling me to keep working hard, 'You will eventually get your shot.' I'm a believer that if it ain't broke don't fix it. We were playing well. I wasn't sure it was broken before when I was pulled out, but at the same time, it's the nature of the business and you can't go acting crazy, you have to work hard and earn it back. I feel I've been working hard and I feel now I have to work even harder to make sure I am still out there because guys are playing well. It's fun, though. It will make me better, at the end of the day."

"I definitely think I am playing harder now than I was before I got benched. It's not something I can explain. I can't say, 'Man, I wish I was playing harder before.' I just maybe didn't realize it, and that's what Tommy is talking about with his perspective and putting me in that situation where I can see and work harder. It got more out of me and I hope I can continue to improve and help the team and get it all done."

Boswell, on Soehn: "He motivates with hard love. 'Accountable' is a good word for him. If you make plays and get the job done -- not just on the field, you have to do it in practice too -- he's still going to come down on you, but he wants the best out of you. ... He's trying to motivate and keep guy happy; it's tough, especially now. It's a problem you want to have as a team and as a coach -- guys that are hungry and guys who are capable and maybe should be playing but the team does well. ... Our job is to make it tough on him to pick that starting lineup."

By Steve Goff  |  September 4, 2007; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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