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DCU's Dizzying Status Report

Oh, where to begin.

Marcelo Gallardo participated in full workouts and seems set to start Saturday night at Chivas USA. "He has looked as good as he's looked all year," teammate Santino Quaranta said.

Luciano Emilio, who has a quadriceps strain and sat out a portion of training, declined an interview request. While walking away, he said, "No, I don't play Saturday."

Asked about Emilio's status, Coach Tom Soehn said: "He's going. We are just in a situation where we have not been getting enough out of that position and it is time to give someone else a shot."

Who?

"We haven't decided that yet."

However, later during his interview session, when asked to confirm that Emilio is traveling but not starting, Soehn said: "I didn't say that either. You never know. We have a few days before we decide what our lineup is going to be. We're leaving early so that we can make sure we get there and figure out what all our options are going to be."

What does Emilio have to do to turn things around?

"He just has to dedicate himself to the game. He has got to apply himself more and work harder like everybody else in every other position. The harder you work at it, the more you are going to get out of it."

What is his problem right now?

"It is a combination of things. I think he's not very sharp in some areas. He has got to work really hard to make sure he gets back to his form of last year."

Fred, while jogging around the field during workouts, was asked if he's heading to L.A. with the ballclub. "No, no," he said. Soehn confirmed he's not traveling. "We could probably chance it, but you risk losing him for an extended period of time," Soehn said. "But he is making progress."

Devon McTavish jogged on the side and appears unlikely to play.

Marc Burch said he expects to return to his left back position in a 4-4-2 and Quaranta said he expects to start on the right side of midfield in a 4-4-2 with Bryan Namoff providing support behind him at right back.

Domenic Mediate participated in workouts again and would seem to be a prime candidate to start in central defense if Gonzalo Peralta is not available. Here's the deal with Peralta:

He missed training the previous two days to be with his wife, who is late in pregnancy, suffering from a virus and on bedrest. Peralta will not travel with the team today, but if his wife improves, he could fly to L.A. tomorrow or Saturday.

So to summarize.....

Emilio is traveling but seems unlikely to start. Gallardo is fine. Fred and McTavish remain out. Peralta is questionable.

Got it?

By Steve Goff  |  May 15, 2008; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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