D.C. United re-signs Jaime Moreno
Washington, D.C. (January 29, 2010) - D.C. United announced today the re-signing of Major League Soccer's all-time goal-scoring leader Jaime Moreno. Moreno, despite spending the 2003 season with the MetroStars, has been with United since the inception of MLS in 1996. The Bolivian forward has played in 319 regular season matches in his United career. Moreno became the MLS all-time goal-scoring leader after tallying number 109 on August 22, 2007. Moreno currently has 131 career goals to accompany 102 assists. Per team and League policy, terms of the new agreement will not be released.
"Jaime is a very important player to our club in many ways and we are excited to have him back with us," said United General Manager Dave Kasper. "When he is on the field, he makes us a better team, and he makes plays that can change a game."
Added Moreno, "Obviously I am very happy and excited about the new season. We have new coaches and players, and it is a big challenge for the organization. Personally I am going to work hard to help this team achieve its goals."
In 2009 Moreno continued to prove his worth to D.C. United. With his first assist of the campaign on April 17, the striker became the first player in MLS history to score 100 goals and register 100 assists in a career. On August 8 Moreno surpassed United legend Marco Etcheverry for the club record in assists (102). The Bolivian played his 300th career match for the Black-and-Red on May 6 in a 1-1 draw in Kansas City. On October 17 Moreno made his 307th career appearance for D.C. United when he came on as a substitute in the club's 1-0 triumph over Columbus, surpassing Cobi Jones (LA Galaxy) for the most regular season games in league history played with one club.
Moreno has also enjoyed a dynamic international football career with the Bolivia. The forward made his debut as Bolivia's youngest player in the 1994 World Cup, becoming a fixture on the National Team roster throughout the 1990's. After a seven-year absence beginning in 2000, Moreno was recalled to Bolivia's Copa America roster in June, 2007. He immediately made his presence felt, scoring two goals in three matches en route to victories against Venezuela and Peru. Moreno featured in Bolivia's 2010 World Cup qualifying matches, and he even participated in an international friendly at RFK Stadium between Bolivia and Guatemala on August 6, 2008. Following a momentous draw against Brazil in World Cup qualifying on September 10, 2008, Moreno announced his retirement from international play. He played his final match for Bolivia during a 2-0 friendly loss to El Salvador at RFK Stadium on October 22, 2008.
In all, the legendary forward has been a driving force on the pitch behind all 12 of United's major domestic and international titles, an unmatched record by any club in the history of American professional soccer. His individual honors include seven MLS All-Star nominations, four MLS Best XI selections, the 1997 MLS Golden Boot award and a place on the MLS All-Time Best XI side selected in the League's 10th campaign.
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