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Another autumn day, another closed practice.

Soccer's version of Hoya Paranoia?

Banned from visual observations, I'll pass along what I could hear:

"Guy!"

"Benny!"

"Nice, Jaime"

"Wide, wide!"

"%$*&#"

One name I did not hear was "Luciano," as in MLS's goal scoring champion who only played about 12 minutes in the opener because of a sprained ankle. However, I'm told Emilio did in fact participate in the short-field scrimmage today and is on course to play significant minutes this week.

Since the media did not get to watch practice, we asked Tom Soehn what transpired.

"Didn't you see?"

No.

"Unlucky."

So what happened?

"We just played 5 v 2, played tag. Kick the can. Red rover. ... We worked on getting ready for the game."

All in good fun, all in good fun...

On the recovering Emilio, Soehn said: "He's getting better."

Moreno said he will be okay for Thursday's match. "I'm ready to go."

After watching replays of the first game, Soehn had this to say about...

...the attack in the second half: "We were pretty good with the ball, except in the final third and obviously that equates a lot to Jaime and Luci. I think we can serve the ball a little quicker and give ourselves more opportunities, but I think it will come along with not only injecting some of those guys into the game, but playing at home."

...the Chicago goal: "We didn't do a good enough job of giving each other cover and we got caught with Rolfe sneaking in behind Burchy, who was ball-watching at the time. It was pretty clear."

...pressure of a must-win game: "It's the playoffs. If you can't win your home games, you don't deserve to be there. It's no pressure any different than any other playoffs or any other international series. We have to win. If you don't win, you don't advance."

...on hosting the finale of a two-game series for a change this year: "We've always been on the other side of it. The only other time we had Olimpia at home. It's refreshing to know that they are going to have to come into our building and have to compete in our building. That's obviously an advantage for us."

By Steve Goff  |  October 29, 2007; 12:46 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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