Jaime Moreno to help out Rongen, US U-20s
During his fantastic career, Bolivian international Jaime Moreno scored 133 regular-season goals in Major League Soccer.
He also managed to find time to secure his "B" Level coaching license, which will help him in his next venture. MLS' all-time leading scorer will join the United States U-20 squad as a "guest" assistant coach as the squad prepares for and plays in the Torneo de Las Americas from Nov. 21-28.
He'll help strikers Juan Agudelo, Tristan Bowen, Fuad Ibrahim and Omar Salgado find their tallying touch. Moreno, who is trying to decide whether to play for another team or transition into coaching, will be intimately familiar with at least one man as former United teammate Conor Shanosky made Thomas Rongen's list of 20.
Moreno won't be the only special guest, however, as Alecko Eskandarian will also assist during the camp. The striker, who scored four times for the U-20 side in 2001, has been sidelined indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms and is currently a full-time student and volunteer assistant at the University of Virginia. He and Moreno played together during the 2004-06 seasons at D.C. United.
Rongen will have 20 players at his disposal in Georgia. The team will begin training on Nov. 21 with matches against Colombia five days later and Mexico on the Nov. 28.
Noah Davis covers the United States national team for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on Twitter at @noahedavis.