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Another autumn day, another closed practice.

Hey, blog boy, you wrote that same thing yesterday.

Well, yeah, partner, but practice was closed again today.

Okay, so I could not see much, no problem. From all indications, Moreno and Emilio are fine (Moreno is further along than Emilio) and don't be surprised if you see both in the starting lineup Thursday.

When the gates were opened, Emilio could be seen thumping the ball into the upper corner during a shooting drill and jogging normally during the cool down.

If this game did not mean much, Emilio might sit. But with the season on the line, I would be surprised if he did not start.

Moreno, for one, is fired up for this game.

Commenting on observers who have been saying United is not going to win this series, the usually mild-mannered Bolivian said: "Those people are losers. That's just like any sport. When you are on top of your game, everything is good. When you step down, they keep talking all that kind of crap. ... At the end of the day, it is in our hands to prove them wrong."

On Chicago's style, he added: "They are probably going to defend with eight players. In the second half [in Game 1], they didn't want to know anything about the game; they are just comfortable, they dump it, defend with five or six guys. For me, that's not soccer. But if they are happy with that, they can go ahead and do that."

Much more in Wednesday's print editions (available late tonight on washingtonpost.com)

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2007; 12:57 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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