- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2002

D.C. United's new coach, Ray Hudson, says he has some surprises forthcoming, but this isn't one of them.
Star forward Jaime Moreno, United's all-time leading goal scorer and point producer, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today and will miss the next four to six weeks. Team physician William Hazel will perform the one-hour procedure at Commonwealth Surgical Suites in Herndon.
This means Moreno will be sidelined for United's Major League Soccer opener March 23 at Los Angeles and both legs of the home-and-away CONCACAF Champions Cup against Guatemalan club Comunicaciones March 6 in Guatemala City and March 13 at RFK Stadium.
Given the problems with his right knee, Moreno may even be questionable for United's home opener March 30 against Chicago.
"We are optimistic that this surgery will relieve Jaime of the pain he has been experiencing during the past year," United technical director Dave Kasper said in a prepared statement. "The team looks forward to his return during the beginning of the MLS season."
This is the second operation on Moreno's right knee in little more than a year. Moreno, 28, underwent a similar procedure Jan. 24, 2001, to correct cartilage damage originally suffered in February 2000.
During the procedure, Hazel will repair a bruise to the tibial plateau and clean a bone bruise to make it smoother and more comfortable. The Bolivian international trained every day during United's week-long trip to South Florida last week.
Last Monday, the day before United was scheduled to return, Moreno complained of pain in his knee when he made sharp cuts. Two days later, Moreno saw Hazel and the decision was made to have surgery.
Entering his seventh season with United, Moreno has scored 66 goals, added 48 assists and has a club-high 180 points.
United also announced yesterday that it will play the A-League's Richmond Kickers on April 13 at the University of Richmond's City Stadium in a friendly. As part of a recently released MLS affiliation agreement, the Kickers join the Charlotte Eagles and Hampton Roads Mariners, of the A-League, and the Division III Northern Virginia Royals and Carolina Dynamo as United affiliates this season.

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