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*Team captain Jaime Moreno , who injured a hamstring last month, rates his fitness level at 90 percent and Coach Tom Soehn is encouraged by his progress after playing him 45 minutes Saturday.

"I see the confidence to be able to do that [run hard] the last couple days," Soehn said. "It's a long journey back from an injury, but he keeps making steps in the right direction."

*Santino Quaranta has a small cast on his right hand after having it stepped on early in Saturday's match with Toronto.

"A guy stepped on me. It was an accident," he said. "It swelled up bad. I put tape on at halftime, and when I took it off after the game, I really knew something was wrong. It's just a hassle, but it doesn't hurt. I went to see the doctor yesterday before training and they told me it was broken. I told them to do [the cast] as small as possible because I am not coming off the field."

Quaranta's cast, which will be covered with thin padding during tomorrow night's match against Pachuca at RFK, brought back memories of Josh Gros's seemingly constant bandaged wrists and hands.

"The joke is that Goody [trainer Brian Goodstein] has to have someone in a cast throughout the year," Quaranta said with a laugh. "It makes him feel better about himself."

The broken hand is the latest in a series of injuries during Quaranta's career. Reflecting on his physical problems over the years, he said: "I had a broken head, that was the biggest thing."

As for the Pachuca match and the two-goal aggregate deficit, Quaranta said, "I'd rather have it this way than being up."

Huh?

"Well, not down two, but when you know you have to win and have to score, man, it's just a different mentality going forward and attacking from the whole team and not sitting back and watching. You go out and enjoy it."

Attendance tomorrow night? At the moment, it's looking like 15,000 plus, but the walk-up could have an impact.

Lots more to share about the Pachuca game in Wednesday's print editions, which are available online late tonight.

By Steve Goff  |  April 8, 2008; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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