- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2006

For veteran striker Jaime Moreno, the end of another MLS season is a time to think about his future.

The veteran D.C. United striker is the second-leading goal scorer in league history with 105 goals in 11 seasons. But Moreno will turn 33 in January, and he feels every defender’s kick in the shin a little more every season.

After scoring 11 goals to go with 10 assists this season, Moreno has been sending out mixed messages about a possible retirement.

“Every time you lose you think about it, but you never know,” Moreno said. “We’ll see what happens. I may have a way to go yet.”

The possibility of catching Jason Kreis for the goal scoring lead might keep Moreno around for a little longer.

“I don’t want to hang up my boots, but you never know,” Moreno said. “I love this game so much. My head still wants to play, but sometimes when you get beat up too much and your body doesn’t take it so well as it used too, you say ‘it’s time to retire,’ or you decide to keep on going.”

One thing is certain: Moreno doesn’t want to finish his career on the bench.

“I want to retire on top of my game,” he said. “I want people to remember me as a good player and a good person. I don’t want to end my career on the bench so that’s how I want to finish.”

A teammate of Moreno with United and Bolivia, Marco Etcheverry went out on top, retiring in 2003 at the age of 33, after scoring six goals with seven assists. Etcheverry is now taking coaching courses.

“Soccer is a lot to do with emotions,” Moreno said. “When you win you think you have five more years to play but when you lose you get down and on top of that your body doesn’t help you and those things make you want to retire.”

So will he be around next year? Of course a lot of the answer has to do with money. Moreno was United’s highest-paid player after Freddy Adu at $241,250.

“I have plenty of time to think about it,” Moreno said. “But when I do retire, it will be for the right reasons.”

He also is eager to spend time helping his son James develop his soccer skills.

“I’m going to be right beside him,” said Moreno, the first Bolivian to play in the English Premier League. “I know it’s not an easy career. Some people have the talent, but that’s not all you need.”

MLS Cup — For Taylor Twellman of the New England Revolution, a trip to the MLS Cup is a little redemption for being left off this year’s World Cup team.

The Revolution play the Houston Dynamo for the championship tomorrow in Frisco, Texas, at 3:30 p.m.

Twellman, who played at Maryland, was named the league’s MVP in 2005 with his 17 goals but was left off the national team by coach Bruce Arena.

But Brian Ching (11 goals, two assists) of the Dynamo was selected ahead of Twellman to the World Cup team. Both Twellman and Ching have scored two goals in the playoffs.

Twellman scored four minutes into the Eastern Conference final against United on a stunning goal to send his team to the final.

Awards — D.C. United’s front office won a few awards this week. Stephen Zack was named MLS Executive of the Year, Dan Giffin was the top ticket seller and Doug Hicks took the PR Award. …

Ching won the Sierra Mist Goal of the Year for his perfectly executed bicycle kick in the Dynamo’s Sept. 30 game against D.C. United.

Delayed credit — FIFA announced yesterday after the discovery of new evidence, that U.S. player Bert Patenaude has been retrospectively entered in FIFA’s records as the first player to score a hat trick in World Cup play in the United States’ 3-0 win over Paraguay in Uruguay on July 17, 1930.

Guillermo Stabile of Argentina was previously credited with being the first player to score three goals in a game. He did so in a 6-3 win over Mexico, two days after Patenaude’s effort.


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