- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 14, 2004

D.C. United defender Mike Petke today will get to experience for the first time something very familiar to his wife.

Petke will be playing in his first MLS Cup, an event Kim Petke attended often as an employee in Major League Soccer’s marketing department for corporate sponsors.

“My wife worked for the league in the first years of our relationship, and she was always at the championship game,” Petke said. “I was always talking to her at home, drinking beer while other guys were playing for the championship.”

But the situation this year isn’t totally reversed. Petke was able to bring Kim to California only weeks after giving birth to their first child, Dylan.

“We found a way for her to come out here,” Petke said. “Our son is with our in-laws so she’s not going to miss this.”

Celebrating his first MLS Cup appearance with his wife enhances the event’s significance for Petke.

“This may never happen again for me,” he said. “I’m just soaking everything in and trying to make the most of it.

“It just feels like it came full circle. I’m finally here and she’s going to be here with me. It’s great.”

Moreno on the verge

If Jaime Moreno scores two goals today, he will surpass a former D.C. United teammate to become MLS’s all-time leading playoff goal scorer.

Moreno, who scored two goals in this year’s playoffs to bring his total to 12, trails first-place Roy Lassiter by one goal.

Jaime was robbed?

Aleko Eskandarian believes Moreno was cheated out of being MLS’ most valuable player.

Moreno was one of three nominees for the award that the MetroStars’ Amado Guevara won.

“If you go ask each single player in the league who should’ve gotten it, I think it would be hands down Jaime Moreno,” Eskandarian said. “But that’s how the league works sometimes. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get him a ring.”

Been a long time

Moreno also is only one of two current United players who played in the club’s last MLS Cup appearance in 1999 at Foxboro, Mass. Ben Olsen joined Moreno as the goal scorers in a 2-0 victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Hendrikson has more work

United defender Ezra Hendrickson will join the national team of St. Vincent and the Grenadines tomorrow for a World Cup qualifier two days later. Hendrickson is the national team’s captain.

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