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Most importantly, the new grass surface at RFK has been installed and looks gorgeous. The foul poles remain in place, but the netting and support cables behind home plate are gone. It's almost a soccer stadium again.

"I am so excited," said the always excitable Fred. "It looks smooth, very smooth."

"It's going to be awesome -- probably the best field in the league," Coach Tom Soehn said.

Speaking of Fred, he did not participate in full workouts today but does plan to train Wednesday. He ruled himself 99 percent healthy after recovering from a groin injury. But will he play Saturday against Chicago?

"I hope so. I tell Tommy, 'If you want me, I am ready to go.' My life is soccer. I don't like injuries. I don't like watching the game."

Asked if Fred will indeed practice tomorrow, Soehn said: "Probably."

Asked if he is optimistic Fred will play Saturday, Soehn said: "Possibly."

Later, commenting on balancing playing time with injury concerns at this late stage of the season, Soehn said: "You always have to look at the big picture and make sure he's ready at the most important times -- not that every game isn't important, but we have depth and we are going to make sure we don't put him in a bad situation."

Meantime, team captain Jaime Moreno will not play Saturday, not because of his sore ankle but because he has rejoined the Bolivian national team for the start of 2010 World Cup qualifying. Bolivia will play Uruguay on Saturday and Colombia next Wednesday. Whether he will play in United's regular season finale Oct. 20 against Columbus remains unclear. "I don't know his travel arrangements," the coach said. "There's a good chance."

As far as Moreno being called up while recovering from an ankle injury, Soehn said: "We would have to manage his minutes right now and I hope they respect that because he's hurting a little bit. He's still effective when he comes into games, but you have to look over the course of a season and make sure you are taking care of the guy."

Perhaps some interesting DCU/MLS news later.....

By Steve Goff  |  October 9, 2007; 12:37 PM ET
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