One of the legionaries with the best career, he played in Colombia, in a nascent English Premier League, until he ended up in the US MLS. He was a figure in DC United, where he formed an unforgettable attack with Etcheverry
Who could imagine that that peladingo that was formed in the Tahuichi Aguilera end up being one of the most important footballers in the history of Major League Soccer (MLS – United States). Member of a group of luxury footballers from the Academy, along with another great from our country and who also shone in the country of the North, Marco Antonio Etcheverry, with whom he was teammates at DC United.
His career, achievements obtained, titles conquered and goals Converted to MLS have earned him an official induction this week into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the United States, a privilege he also shares with “Diablo” Etcheverry.
John Harkes, a former DC United teammate, broke the news. The former Blooming forward celebrated with his family without fanfare, In his style, as reflected by his personality, with contained emotion, but happiness was inside. The work and effort in the colossus of America, where he has been since he arrived in search of success, had their reward.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced two weeks ago to the four members of its 2021 class: former DC United forward and four-time MLS Cup winner Jaime Moreno; former DC United executive Kevin Payne, a two-time Women’s World Cup winner and three-time Olympian; gold medalist Christie Pearce Rampone; and former United States men’s national team defender Steve Cherundolo.
The four will be included in a ceremony to be held on October 2 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, along with former United States men’s national team captain Carlos Bocanegra and Colin Jose Media Award winner Andrés Cantor. The event will be followed by the Hall of Fame game between FC Dallas and Minnesota United FC and a concert with Willie Nelson, American country songwriter, singer and guitarist.
Jaime Moreno was one of the first stars of the MLS, in which he played 15 seasons, from his inaugural year 1996 to 2010. Most of that time (and his great success) was at DC United.
The man from Santa Cruz was selected in the MLS Ideal Team in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and winner of the MLS Cup in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004 with DC. He also won the United States Open Cup in 1996 and 2008, as well as the Concacaf Champions Cup in 1998, all with the capital’s team.
He played 340 season games MLS regular and 32 playoff games, scoring 145 goals, including a season with then-MetroStars New York / New Jersey.
The year 2020, Moreno was named one of the 25 best players in the first 25 years of MLS.
But since life has its ups and downs the former World Cup player suffered an accident a year ago during a game of golf, which caused a serious injury to his left eye; this misfortune has already been overcome. He commented that he currently feels good after that ordeal, as he continues to play soccer with friends and do his regular activities, even though his vision is limited.
“That accident changed my life; now I make the most of it because I live my daily life prudently and grateful to God ”, he repeated as a kind of marked seal that he has when referring to this matter. What’s more, this fact is so outdated that even today he drives a motorcycle.
With a family formed and founded in the United StatesHe says he feels comfortable in the northern country, where his children have been born and raised and they also have plans for the future.
Jaime Moreno was trained at the Tahuichi Aguilera Academy and made his professional football debut in Blooming (1991-1994). Then he had a short stint at Independiente Santa Fe from Colombia (1994), Middlesbroug from England (1994-1997) to join DC United (1996-2002; 2004-2010), where he was a figure and national champion. He closed his career at Sport Boys Warnes, from 2011 to 2013.
It counts among his greatest achievements having integrated the Bolivian team that reached the World Cup from the United States in 1994.