Last night at RFK Stadium, Jaime Moreno set an amazing MLS milestone. The Bolivian striker became the first player in MLS history to tally 100 goals and 100 assists.
The feat came at a critical time for United. Moreno’s beautiful curling free quick, met Ben Olsen’s head just seconds into stoppage time and led to the equalizing goal in a 1 – 1 draw with the New England Revolution.
Since the league’s inception, Moreno has dazzled and been an important part of the club game in the States.
At 35, Moreno is certainly not the explosive force he once was. However, he makes up for the lost step with his high football IQ. Jaime always seems to know what to do with the ball. DC United are a better team just by having him on the pitch. And he exhibits great control over the game.
Moreno began his club career at home, in Bolivia. After a couple seasons at Blooming, Moreno moved on to Colombia. There he had a short stint with Indepediente Santa Fe.
In 1994, Moreno made Bolivian hearts proud, becoming the first native of the country to play in the English premiership, with Middlesbrough. There, he came on mostly as a sub, tallying once.
During MLS’ first season, Moreno joined DC United around the halfway point. He made an immediate impact and contributed to the club winning the first two MLS cups. During his second season, he led the league in goals.
From that point on, Moreno became a DCU legend (he briefly returned to Middlesbrough, on loan and one season the the MetroStars). The fans have been known to chant his name, when the Bolivian international isn’t on the field in critical situations.
Moreno is MLS’ all – time leading scorer, ahead of Ante Razov. Jaime is 5th on the all – time assists list, just 1 behind fellow Bolivian Marco Etcheverry (4th) and 29 behind all time leader, the Revs’ Steve Ralston. He shares the highest total of 10+ goals, 10+ assists seasons, with Chivas USA coach Preki (4). He produced this feat, as late as last year, with 10 and 10.
So, for his career, Moreno has 122 goals and 100 assists, in 298 games played (only 20 weren’t starts). He will reach yet another landmark soon, as after two more games, he will have played in 300 MLS league fixtures. And now he has the distinction of being the only player in triple digits, both for finishing and creating goals.
Jaime Moreno … truly an MLS legend.