D.C. United's Jaime Moreno called-up to Bolivian National Team
Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2007) - D.C. United announced today forward Jaime Moreno has been called-up to the Bolivian Men's National Team for the 2007 Copa America tournament that will take place June 26-July 15 in Venezuela. United's all-time leading goal-scorer will depart later today in preparation for Bolivia's opening round games. Led by head coach Erwin "Platini" Sanchez, Bolivia is paired in Group A with Venezuela, Uruguay and Peru. Moreno will be with the Bolivian Men's National Team for the duration of the tournament, and will miss at least four games for the Black-and-Red.
"I am truly honored to once again have the opportunity to play for Bolivia in a prestigious tournament like Copa America," said Moreno. "I've worked hard the last couple of years to earn this opportunity to get back on the national team. I am looking forward to playing in this tournament and doing my best to help my teammates on and off of the field."
On May 26, Moreno represented his country in its friendly against Ireland, helping to set-up the equalizer in the 1-1 draw. He began his international career as the youngest member of Bolivia's World Cup team in 1994. More recent appearances have come in 2000, in four qualifying matches in Bolivia's run at the 2002 World Cup. During his career with the Bolivian national team, Moreno has made 65 international appearances and scored nine goals.
"This is a great honor for Jaime and D.C. United and it is well deserved," added United technical director Dave Kasper. "His importance to a team goes way beyond the playing field and I am certain that he will be an integral part of the Bolivian team in the Copa America this summer."
Moreno is widely considered to be one of the best players to ever play in Major League Soccer. The 33-year-old is currently tied with recently-retired Jason Kreis for the all time scoring record in MLS history with 108 goals. His 32 penalty kick goals are first all-time and he is third all-time in shots on goal (342), fourth all-time in game-winning goals (24) and multi-goal games (15), fifth all-time in total shots (592), sixth all-time in assists (84) and seventh all time in games played (257). Moreno is a six-time all-star (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006) and five-time member of the MLS Best XI (1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006). Following the League's 10th season, he was also named to the RadioShack MLS All-time Best XI.
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