Jaime Moreno is struggling with a heel injury and hasn’t played much this season, but he continues to provide evidence he’s Major League Soccer’s all-time greatest player.
The D.C. United striker, whose 122 career goals rank first in league history, earned his 100th career assist April 17 against the visiting New England Revolution to become the league’s first 100-100 player.
“Jaime has been a fantastic player in this league for a long time - since the inception,” said Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston, the league’s all-time leader in assists and minutes played. “That’s an incredible stat to get, 100 goals and 100 assists. I don’t think anyone else will do that. It speaks for itself. He is one of the best players to play in this league, and I’m glad to play against him.”
When age is factored in, Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan, 27, has the best chance of matching Moreno’s feat. Donovan, who has 87 goals and 72 assists in his nine-year career, easily could reach the 100-goal and 80-assist marks this season.
Now in his 14th season, Moreno hasn’t finished padding his stats yet, however. The 35-year-old Bolivian native posted 10 goals and 10 assists last year as United’s MVP, and he could have another productive year ahead.
“When you work hard for so many years, you get rewarded,” Moreno said. “I’ve been lucky to work for so many years and scored some important goals. I guess I reached a point where I became the first player to do that [100 assists], especially because in my country, no one has done that.”