|Jaime Moreno in the|
Middlesbrough away strip.
He played 20 league games for Middlesbrough in the 1994-95 season scoring one goal, which came in a 1-1 draw against Barnsley on 11 March 1995. He did not have a good goal scoring record for Middlesbrough but he is fondly remembered as one of the squad that won the 1994-95 division one championship and promotion to the Premier league.
It was during his time in the North-East that Jaime met his wife Louise. She went with him to live in the US, they have had five children.
In 1996 he left the Boro to join MLS "soccer" side DC United. His first few years with the team were a great success, he helped them to win the MLS Cup in 1996 and 1997, the US Open Cup in 1996 and he won the MLS Golden Boot with 16 goals in 1997 .
He was a key player for the Bolivia national team during the 1997 Copa América where they reached the final only to lose out 2-0 against Brazil, easily their best performance in the competition since they won it for the one and only time in 1963.
In 1997 he was loaned back to Middlesbrough where he scored a single goal in his five appearances, an 80th minute winner against Stoke City on 1 February 1998.
|Moreno became an iconic player |
for MLS side DC United.
In 1999 he helped DC United to another MLS Cup scoring the winning goal in the final, he then played in his fourth Copa América tournament for Bolivia. In the early 2000s his form began to slip and he put on weight. He was dropped from the Bolivia national team in 2000, missed most of the 2001 season due to injury and most of the 2002 season due to a fall out with coach Ray Hudson. In 2003 he was traded to New York MetroStars where he scored 2 goals in 11 games, including one against DC United.
In 2004 he returned to United and began to regain his form, helping United to their 4th MLS Cup and earning another nomination for the MVP award at the end of the season. In 2005 he was named in the MLS all Time Best XI along with fellow South Americans Marco Etcheverry and Carlos Valderrama.
|Jaime Moreno played 75 times for the Bolivia national team.|
In 2010 Jaime and his wife launched their charity called 99 Dreams, One Heart Foundation, which has the twin objectives of supporting youth development in soccer and funding research into Lyme disease (his wife and two of his children are sufferers).
By the time Moreno announced his imminent retirement from professional football on 12 August 2010 he had set the all time goalscoring record in the MLS currently 132, became the only player to achieve 100 goals and 100 assists in the league, had been picked in 5 MLS Best XIs and the All Time Best XI and is one of only two players to have played in all of the15 MLS seasons along with Jesse Marsch.
When Moreno moved to the US he intended to stay a couple of years then move back to European football, but as it went his family settled there and he became a club legend and a record breaking player in American soccer. The Boro faithful that saw Moreno playing game after game without scoring back in in 1994 may find it hard to believe that he has had all of this success since leaving the club, but I'm fairly sure that none of them begrudge him it.
Part of the What ever happened to? series.