- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2007

Jamie Moreno and Luciano Emilio played key roles yesterday as D.C. United won the battle of the two best teams in MLS.

Moreno scored his first goal in the run of play in nearly a year, and Emilio scored two more to bring his league-leading total to 18 as United defeated the New England Revolution 4-2 in a game littered with questionable calls before 18,918 at RFK Stadium.

“He was fantastic today and showed a lot of composure,” United coach Tom Soehn said of Moreno. “I’ve always said he makes our team better.”

Moreno arrived at the game feeling ill and was given an IV. As soon as the match was over, he left for Peru to join Bolivia’s national team for an exhibition game Wednesday.

Before the game, Moreno, who is the all-time leading goal scorer in MLS, had scored only on four penalty kicks this season, including his record-breaking 109th goal Aug. 22 against the New York Red Bulls. He had not scored in open play since a 4-3 win against the Red Bulls last Sept 23.

The 12th-year MLS veteran also was involved in two other goals, setting up Fred for the first and playing a part in Emilio’s game-winner.

“When Jaime is on the field, he brings us respect with his leadership,” Emilio said.

United (14-6-4, 46 points) extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) and has a four-point lead over the Revolution (12-6-6) in the Eastern Conference with just six games to go.

United appeared to have taken the lead in the 20th minute when Christian Gomez put the ball in the net, but it was called offside.

The hosts finally broke down the Revolution’s tough defense in the 31st minute. Moreno played a perfect pass to Fred, who might have been in an offside position but was ruled onsides. The Brazilian midfielder shot from inside the box, sending the ball past goalie Matt Reis for his sixth goal of the year.

Just before halftime, former Maryland star Taylor Twellman caught United’s defense off guard and hammered home a volley from 10 yards out to tie the game 1-1.

In the second half the visitors looked sharper and took the lead on a dubious goal in the 55th minute when Revolution defender Jay Heaps appeared to push the ball over the line in a confusing scramble.

But four minutes later Moreno tapped a close-range deflection off Heaps into the goal to make it 2-2. United’s game-winner came in the 67th minute when Gomez’s shot needed a slight touch from Emilio.

Emilio finished the afternoon by heading in a goal after substitute Brian Carroll beat five defenders in a brilliant run and sent a perfect cross to the Brazilian striker.

“The first goal was lucky,” Emilio said. “On the second goal, I was the only one on the field who believed Carroll would get that cross to me.”

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