For those that don’t follow soccer, it’s hard to put into appropriate terms what Jaime Moreno means to D.C. United and the MLS as a whole. As crucial as Riggins and Sonny Jurgensen are to the Redskins success a generation as ago, Moreno means more than that to United. As important as Ovechkin is to the Caps, or Strasburg to the Nationals, Moreno is all that and more.
Moreno’s contributions to Major League Soccer are on par with Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron’s to baseball. In his 14-year MLS career, he’s the only member of the 100-goal, 100-assist club, and is tied for the all-time lead for goals with 132. He gets a shot at 133 this Saturday, and we’d like to send you and a friend to go see the game. Leave your name in the comments with a valid email address in the appropriate field and we’ll pick at random on Thursday afternoon.
The team has been celebrating Moreno for the last month, and their archive of coverage is deeply impressive. Moreno has been the constant leading presence for the team from its creation through its four MLS Cup Championships and through the denouement of United over the last two years. In many ways, Jaime Moreno is D.C. United, and it’s hard to picture the state of the franchise without him as part.
The team has a number of events planned for Saturday, culminating with a special honoring of Jaime Moreno by the 2011 Season Ticket Holders with all of the earned trophies during Moreno’s career. Moreno is probably the least-celebrated DC star athlete, which is a shame. Get out to RFK on Saturday afternoon and give Moreno the attention he deserves.