- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 4, 2006

There seems to be no stopping Jaime Moreno.

After scoring the 100th goal of his Major League Soccer career Wednesday in a win over the Columbus Crew, D.C. United’s 11-year veteran scored his 101st goal last night in a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution before 22,686 at RFK Stadium.

Moreno, 32, is now just two goals behind the league’s all-time leading goal scorer, Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake.

“It feels better scoring and winning,” Moreno said. “We showed that we are pretty consistent right now.”

Unbeaten in the last five games, United (7-1-3, 24 points) is riding a three-game winning streak, in which the team has scored an impressive nine goals.

The Revolution (3-4-2, 11) suffered a blow in the 13th minute when key midfielder Pat Noonan left the field with a mild hamstring strain to his right leg and was replaced by Jeff Larentowicz. Noonan is one of the alternates for the U.S. World Cup team.

A minute after the injury, United took the lead. Christian Gomez flicked the ball over the Revolution back line to Moreno, who looked suspiciously offside but ran to the ball and dribbled past goalie Matt Reis to shoot into an empty net.

Defender Michael Parkhurst tried in vain to back-heel the ball off the line but inadvertently helped it into the goal. It was Moreno’s seventh goal on the season and Gomez’s fifth assist. With 21 games left, Moreno is on pace to surpass the 16 goals he scored in the 1997, 1998 and 2005 seasons.

Though the Eastern Conference leaders won, they looked tired after playing their third game in eight days.

“When you play three good games in these weather conditions, I need to be proud of this team,” United coach Peter Nowak said.

This was the first game Alecko Eskandarian faced Reis since he collided with the Revolution goalie on June 18 last season at RFK. In that collision, the United forward felt the full brunt of Reis’ knee on his head and was out for the year with a serious concussion. The two spoke briefly during the opening team handshake.

“I don’t really know [what he said],” Eskandarian said. “I wouldn’t call it an apology. He said something to the extent that he didn’t intend to injure me. It was good to say something face to face.”

Eskandarian almost exacted some payback against Reis with a powerful shot in the 72nd minute, but it was wide. Eskandarian was replaced by Lucio Filomeno three minutes later.

Domenic Mediate replaced Gomez in the 66th minute and Freddy Adu moved from the flank into the central midfielder role. Adu played a good ball to Moreno in the box in the 70th minute, but Moreno fired his shot too high. With 10 minutes left, Adu crashed a close-range shot off the crossbar. Adu, who turned 17 on Friday, has four assists this season but remains scoreless after 11 games.

Revolution midfielder Andy Dorman thought he had tied the game in the 61st minute but was ruled offside.

United goalie Troy Perkins saved a free kick from Jose Cancela in the waning seconds to earn his third shutout of the season.

Former Maryland striker Taylor Twellman had a good shot to score for New England in the 33rd minute, but his shot from 12 yards out sailed over the bar.

Notes — The Revolution played without key midfielder Clint Dempsey, who is with the U.S. World Cup team in Germany, and defender Avery John, who is on the Trinidad & Tobago team. … Next up for United is a game at the Los Angeles Galaxy next Sunday. Before last night’s game Moreno was honored for his 100th goal in MLS, and a highlight reel of his goals over the years on the stadium’s big screen.

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