Jaime Moreno: Best MLS Career Ever?

Christopher CantwellContributor IApril 22, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 10: Jamie Moreno #99 of DC United plays the ball against the New York Red Bulls during their game at Giants Stadium on August 10, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

With little or no argument, any Major League Soccer fan includes Jaime Moreno in their top ten, top five, maybe top three for biggest impact in the history of MLS. But where does he stand right now?

On Saturday, Jaime Moreno assisted DC United's game-tying goal by Ben Olsen, raising his assist total to 100.

He now is the only player ever in Major League Soccer to reach the 100 goal, 100 assist mark. He currently leads all-time scoring with 122 goals.

Not only does he lead DC United, the most trophied and historic franchise in MLS, in almost every category, he sits in the top ten in almost every overall MLS stat.

First in goals. Fifth in assists. Seventh in games played. Tenth in minutes played. Fifth in game-winners. First in penalty kick goals. Fifth in multi-goal games.

And most of these he will move up in, even if he decides 2009 is his last season.

Moreno has recorded ten goals and ten assists in four seasons, tied with Preki for most ever.

What I love so much about these records is that he has done it almost all in one place, with a rotating cast of players since 1996.

Jaime Moreno has become the face of DC United soccer. Should he be the face of Major League Soccer?

We will probably see this accomplished again, but no current player even sits above 75 in both goals and assists. Who is next?

Landon Donovan currently has 86 goals, 72 assists. Ante Razov is 34 assists away, but has not played yet in his 14th MLS season. Steve Ralston also in his 14th season, needs 30 goals. Jeff Cunningham needs 40 more assists.

One hundred, one hundred is difficult.

Congratulations Jaime Moreno, you are in an elite class of Major League Soccer players. And currently the most elite.


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