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The Latest From RFK

*The big question: Will Luciano Emilio (hamstring) and Jaime Moreno (knee) return to the starting lineup tomorrow night against the Revs?

Moreno says he will not start but is available if needed. Doctors have told him that, by playing, he can't do any more damage to the knee. He will, however, need arthroscopic surgery this offseason. Emilio was available the other day in Houston, so the assumption is that he will be in the lineup. He was undergoing treatment after today's closed practice session and not available to comment.

*Encouraging news for Fred, whose hamstring is healing quicker than anticipated. Officially, he is listed as questionable, though I would be surprised if we see him on the field before the regular season finale Oct. 26 at Columbus. Quavas Kirk is out with a sprained foot.

*In memory of Spanish radio announcer Danilo Noel Diron, who passed away last week, the players will wear black armbands and black bunting will hang from the radio booth on the mezzanine level. There will be a pregame moment of silence, as well.

*At halftime, Jeff Agoos will be honored for his induction into DCU's Hall of Tradition.

*TV tomorrow: ESPN2. Radio tomorrow: WTOP (1050 AM) in English, WXTR (730 AM), Spanish only.

*Catch me on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" this evening between 5 and 6 p.m. My segment is tentatively scheduled to begin about midway through the show.

*Let's chat -- a live online discussion Thursday at 11 a.m. on washingtonpost.com. You may submit your questions, follow the exchange and read the transcript at this link.

Be sure to check back here in a little while for comments from Moreno (a heartfelt thought about Diron) and Louis Crayton (in the aftermath of the fan incident in Houston).

By Steve Goff  |  October 15, 2008; 12:10 PM ET
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Comments

That is great news about Fred and Luciano. Keep up the good work Goff.

Posted by: The Jim | October 15, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

So tonight will be Soehn's last MLS game at RFK?

Should we buy him a goodbye card and a cake?

Posted by: At last | October 15, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

We need this win tommorrow... we need this win. Anyone wanna go to church with me and light a few votive candles??

Posted by: Anthony The Great | October 15, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

At Last, assumes of course, the DC will not make the playoffs, Soehn will be fired, and Soehn will never coach another MLS team playing at RFK. Correct?

Posted by: AJ | October 15, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The playoffs aren't looking impossible right now. So, Fred's return would be great news. If DCU is going to compete in the playoffs, they're going to need him, Luci and Jaime.

As for Jaime - the doctors are lying to you. I say go ahead and play, because it's that important. However, even if you're not going to further damage cartilage, I bet you will exacerbate future arthritis. But, what the hey. Like me, you'll probably need new knees sometime, anyway.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 15, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

No way we beat Cowlumbus at home. No way.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

You guys have short memories. Don't be at all surprised if Soehn is back next season, playoffs or no. Rongen stayed on in 2001 and Hudson stayed on in 2003, despite having lead the 2 worst teams in United history the preceding seasons. Neither one of them had an excuse for the previous season that's as understandable as the injury crisis/fixture overload of this year.

This is not a defense of Soehn; I'm just trying to prep people for something I'd rate as at least a realistic possibility.

As for the game, Emilio's return will be critical. Moreno, I suppose, will only come on if we find ourselves tied or, gulp, losing. I wonder about Fred; he appears to be a fast healer, but he also said himself that this current injury is a result of coming back too fast from the last one.

The Revs are having some problems. They are a shadow of themselves without Ralston. They have often gone to a 442 without Ralston, but they don't look particularly comfortable with it. They could also go with a defensive 352, replacing Ralston with Phelan, or move Castro inside as a direct replacement at AM for Ralston. There are also reports of shouting matches between Twellman and Albright (aside: I know Albright has turned himself into a good defender, but his time in DC has left me permanently suspicious of him. The idea of him yelling at an accomplished player like Twellman for anything just seems ridiculous).

Not only is this a must-win in terms of points, but to me it looks like a one-off test as to whether this team is good enough for the playoffs or not. One game, at home, against a good but wounded divisional opponent. If you can't win that game at this time of year, you deserve your fate.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | October 15, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Not only is this a must-win in terms of points, but to me it looks like a one-off test as to whether this team is good enough for the playoffs or not. One game, at home, against a good but wounded divisional opponent. If you can't win that game at this time of year, you deserve your fate.

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Spot on Chest!!

Posted by: steve-o | October 15, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping the boys come out inspired and winning one for Danilo.

Posted by: Section 130 | October 15, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"You guys have short memories. Don't be at all surprised if Soehn is back next season, playoffs or no. Rongen stayed on in 2001 and Hudson stayed on in 2003, despite having lead the 2 worst teams in United history the preceding seasons. Neither one of them had an excuse for the previous season that's as understandable as the injury crisis/fixture overload of this year.

This is not a defense of Soehn; I'm just trying to prep people for something I'd rate as at least a realistic possibility."

That was a different time and the league was much different then with a different level of expectation and less independent owners.

Victor MacFarlane sumemd it up when he said: "We paid to be bad."

If Soehn does not fall on his sword then he's likely gone.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I think the owners and management are smart and not rash. I'm sure an in depth investigation and interviews with the players and coaching staff will be done. Then a decision will be made on whether this season was 1) a qualified success (USOC) with shortfalls due to overscheduling, injuries, and roster restrictions, 2) missed opportunities due to poor coaching/scouting/administration, or 3) combination. The big decision will be to decide whether keeping the coach and core players together will help chemistry next year when they have probably 10 fewer games and spread out more evenly or if they need to tear it down and start afresh.

Posted by: soyinocente | October 15, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

TO be fair CHEst, none of those teams had the talent, or $$$ spent on them as this years team. Tommy was given so called talent and $$$, thats what makes this season much more of a failure. Those teams did not upgrade for there coaches, in fact alot of players left which caused more of a melt down. i think gallardo salary was as much as the salary cap they had for those years.

Posted by: dc fan | October 15, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I was more stridently screaming for Soehn's head last year. This season, with the personnel disaster, Soehn shouldn't be the first nor the only one to be shown the door.

The whole strategy of signing a Big Name and having scrubs fill significant roster spots has been disasterous. This was a lead balloon from the start.

Did Soehn make the best of a bad situation? Obviously not. Flailing around between formations hasn't helped solidify this defense, and one might surmise that sticking to a basic strategy that players will be able to plug into and maintain no matter who goes out would work better in times of personnel flux. When things aren't going your way, you don't necessarily need to change everything and muddy the waters even further. Sometimes you just need to stick to basics -- triangles, defensive pressure on the ball and picking up runners -- and the rest will come together.

At a time that needed a steady hand at the wheel, Tommy floundered. But just dumping him, or rather, dumping only him, won't get this thing turned around. The basic strategy is flawed -- big names don't always win championships in football. Team unity, fitness, and fundamentals will get you a lot farther down the road.

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 15, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I'll help Tommy pack.

Posted by: The Jim | October 16, 2008 3:25 AM | Report abuse

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