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D.C. United Legend, Jaime Moreno, takes field for BBFC
In many ways it was an experience of a lifetime for the boys of BBFC Premier last Saturday as we finally got the opportunity to take the field along side of one of the most decorated players ever to play soccer in the United States.
Jaime Moreno has always been a fan favorite among La Barra Brava. His MLS resume is overflowing with accomplishments to include 4 MLS Cup championships with D.C. United, multiple MLS Best XI awards, MLS MVP Finalist recognition, and he held the distinction of being MLS's all-time leading goal scorer when he retired from professional ball in
2010 with 133 goals. And then there's his international career for the Bolivian National Team where he played in 75 games, scored 9 goals, and played in the 1994 World Cup, 1997 Copa America, and 2007 Copa America for his native country.
Now Jaime stays involved with D.C. United off the field as the head coach of the United Under-23 team. Without a doubt, his experience and qualifications is of great service to any club and, as a huge United supporter, I am very happy to see him still involved with United. The demand for his services is huge, no doubt, and I can only speculate as to how many amateur teams have made offers for him to join their teams. That's why I find it even more remarkable that Jaime has agreed to join the Barra on the field to help the club that has been his most vocal supporters since he arrived in the States in 1996.
On the field, BBFC players were surprised to see their childhood soccer hero in the customary all-black kit and lacing up the boots prior to the game. Given that a significant number our starters were missing, having Jaime there was a huge help. But in the end, I think the unfamiliarity with our players and a make-shift defensive line lacking in organization contributed to a loss on the day. Credit has to be given to our opponent, MSA International, who looked much improved over previous years and played one of the better games against us that I've seen in this league. They were able to exploit our initial defensive disorganization for two early goals, absorb all of our attacks and possession, and then manage a solid counter attack goal as we were pressing in the second half for a thoroughly deserved three goal win.
Despite the loss, we look forward to righting the ship with Jaime's involvement. BBFC Premier will be playing Jaime's United U-23 side in the 2012 Supporters' Charity Shield on May 26th. And hopefully, his schedule will allow for future appearances for the Bhoys in Black.
Either way, we can now boast of a future MLS Soccer Hall of Famer and Barra Brava Legend as the most recognized member of the Barra Brava Football Club.