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Jaime Moreno Morales (born January 19, 1974 in Santa Cruz de la Sierramarker) is a Bolivianmarker soccer player who currently plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer.

Moreno is the all-time leading scorer in Major League Soccer. On August 22, 2007, against Red Bull New York, he scored his 109th MLS goal, surpassing the previous league record set by former Dallas Burn and Real Salt Lake forward Jason Kreis. On April 17, 2009, Moreno became the first MLS player ever to reach the mark of 100 goals and 100 assists when he assisted on a Ben Olsen stoppage time goal.

Career

Professional

Moreno began his career in his native Bolivia, attending the prestigious Tahuichi Academy and playing for Blooming from 1991 to 1993 with fellow mate Carlos Flores (OK Soccer Stars). He signed for Colombian side Independiente Santa Fe in 1993, but only made 5 league appearances for the team.

Moreno made history in 1994 when he signed with Middlesbrough, and in doing so became the first Bolivian to play in the English Premiership. Moreno started in Middlesbrough's official opening of their new Riverside Stadiummarker in a Friendly against Italian side Sampdoria. He then went on to spend two years there, mostly coming off the bench. In total he made 20 league appearances for Boro, but only scored one goal.

In 1996, in the middle of the Major League Soccer season, he was signed by the league and allocated to D.C. United, and helped lead them to the MLS Cup. He was arguably the league's best player in 1997, when he led the league in goals (16), was named to the MLS Best XI and won another MLS Cup for his side (he would add a third Cup and another Best XI in 1999). After the 1997 season, he spent a few games on loan back to Middlesbrough.

1998 was Moreno's best season, as he scored 16 goals and added 11 assists, only losing the MLS MVP Award to teammate and fellow Bolivian Marco Etcheverry. He continued to play well amid constant concerns about his weight, but injuries began to take toll in 2001. He would go on to miss a large chunk of the 2002 season and a conflict with head coach Ray Hudson led to Moreno being traded to the MetroStars after that season.

Moreno missed most of his one season with the Metrostars, but did score two goals, one against United. He was shipped back to United before the 2004 season and, undertaking a strict training regimen to avoid injuries, regained much of his old form. He was a finalist for MLS MVP, was named to the league's Best XI for the second time, and led DC to their fourth MLS Cup. He was named to another Best XI in 2005. He was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI after the 2005 season. In 2007, he scored his 108th goal on a penalty kick against Toronto FC on May 19, tying him with Jason Kreis as the all-time leading scorer in MLS.

International

Moreno was a regular on the Bolivian national team for most of the 1990s and played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the Copa América 1997, but had been ignored for six years until recalled in 2007 for a friendly with Ireland. He played in the 2007 Copa América, where he scored his eight international goal in the 39th minute of Bolivia's opening game against the host nation of Venezuela. He also scored in the 24th minute against Peru, though it wasn't enough for Bolivia to advance from the group stage.Moreno announced his retirement from international football in October of 2008, after 75 appearances and 9 goals scored for his country.

Jaime Moreno: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 27, 1993 Cochabambamarker, Boliviamarker 2 - 0 Won Paz del Chaco Cup
2. February 2, 1994 Miamimarker, United Statesmarker 1 - 1 Draw Joe Robbie Cup
3. June 12, 1996 Washington D.C.marker, United Statesmarker 2 - 0 Won U.S. Cup
4. November 10, 1996 La Pazmarker, Boliviamarker 2 - 2 Draw 1998 World Cup Qualifying
5. January 12, 1997 La Pazmarker, Boliviamarker 2 - 0 Won 1998 World Cup Qualifying
6. June 25, 1997 La Pazmarker, Boliviamarker 3 - 1 Won Copa América 1997
7. June 28, 2000 San Cristóbal, Venezuelamarker 2 - 4 Loss 2002 World Cup Qualifying
8. June 26, 2007 San Cristóbal, Venezuelamarker 2 - 2 Draw Copa América 2007
9. July 3, 2007 Méridamarker, Venezuelamarker 2 - 2 Draw Copa América 2007


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1994-95 Middlesbrough First Division 14 1
1995-96 Premier League 6 0

1996 DC United Major League Soccer 9 3 0 0 4 1 0 0 13 4
1997 20 16 5 3

1997-98 Middlesbrough First Division 5 1

1998 DC United Major League Soccer 31 16 6 1
1999 25 10 6 5
2000 25 12 0 0
2001 24 9 0 0 0 0
2002 16 3 0 0 0 0
2003 MetroStars Major League Soccer 11 2 0 0
2004 DC United Major League Soccer 27 7 4 2 0 0
2005 29 16 1 0 2 0 4 1 36 17
2006 32 11 2 1 3 0 0 0 37 12
2007 21 7 0 0 2 0 4 1 27 8
2008 25 10 3 0 0 0 2 0 30 10
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