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Quaranta's Call-Up

D.C. United veteran Ben Olsen, commenting on teammate Santino Quaranta's call-up to the USA squad for the Gold Cup: "It's just another tribute to the position he has put himself in this last year. He has been great, he'll keep pushing forward and I think he looks at this as a step to getting on THE team. This is a big chance for him and he is playing as good as I have ever seen him play. His mentality is right, his commitment to the game and his body is better than anyone in the locker room right now."

DCU Injury Update: Luciano Emilio, who missed the Colorado game with a knee contusion, is fine. Jaime Moreno (hamstring) and Fred (adductor/groin) remain out, but Fred told the Insider that he should be back in full training Monday.

By Steve Goff  |  June 25, 2009; 12:53 PM ET
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"and his body is better than anyone in the locker room right now."

I assume he means health. But the team has set the bar pretty low.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | June 25, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea of what to think of that quote.

Posted by: sitruc | June 25, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"and his body is better than anyone in the locker room right now."

Now we know why Ben shaved, trying to look younger to impress Tino...

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 25, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Tino definitely deserves it. Pontius should have been on the team ahead of some of the other players picked too.

Posted by: Pedalada | June 25, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"...his commitment to the game and his body is better than anyone in the locker room right now."

In context it means exactly what it says...

Posted by: Barracudas | June 25, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

If context were a prerequisite this chat would be much shorter most days. Heck, relevance often falls victim to a good joke.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | June 25, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

My question is, was that Benny just complimenting Tino's committment to staying fit and healthy, or a backhanded jab at someone else on the team who's slacking on thier conditioning?

Posted by: joemybro | June 25, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I'd take it as a compliment to Tino. Ben doesn't do backhanded comments in the press like that about teammates.

Posted by: alecw81 | June 25, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What does Benny's wife think of all of this?

Posted by: sitruc | June 25, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Last season, when there still was a Reserve League, I saw Tino after a match. While the other players were cooling down, Tino told a trainer (probably a personal trainer)that he was going to do his 30-minute run now. He's been serious about his fitness (maybe even serious about "his body") for some time.

Posted by: b18bolo | June 25, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Would this be as funny if Tino wasn't an attractive person?

Probably not. Props to I-270 for exposing Benny's mancrush on one of his successors.

Posted by: kdiff813 | June 26, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

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