Alejandro Moreno

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Alejandro Moreno
Alejandro Moreno 2011 Chivas USA.jpg
Personal information
Full nameAlejandro Enrique Moreno Riera
Date of birth(1979-07-08) July 8, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birthBarquisimeto, Venezuela
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionForward
Youth career
1993–1998Dallas Texans
1998–2001UNC Greensboro Spartans
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2002–2004Los Angeles Galaxy61(12)
2005San Jose Earthquakes31(8)
2006–2007Houston Dynamo34(3)
2007–2009Columbus Crew74(20)
2010Philadelphia Union26(2)
2011–2012Chivas USA46(7)
Total272(52)
National team
2004–2011Venezuela41(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 3, 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 11, 2011
 
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Disambiguation: For the wrestler see Alejandro Muñoz Moreno.
Alejandro Moreno
Alejandro Moreno 2011 Chivas USA.jpg
Personal information
Full nameAlejandro Enrique Moreno Riera
Date of birth(1979-07-08) July 8, 1979 (age 34)
Place of birthBarquisimeto, Venezuela
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing positionForward
Youth career
1993–1998Dallas Texans
1998–2001UNC Greensboro Spartans
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2002–2004Los Angeles Galaxy61(12)
2005San Jose Earthquakes31(8)
2006–2007Houston Dynamo34(3)
2007–2009Columbus Crew74(20)
2010Philadelphia Union26(2)
2011–2012Chivas USA46(7)
Total272(52)
National team
2004–2011Venezuela41(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 3, 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 11, 2011

Alejandro Enrique Moreno Riera (born July 8, 1979 in Barquisimeto) is a retired Venezuelan footballer who is currently a television commentator for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Moreno moved to Texas, United States from his native Venezuela as a youth and played four years of college soccer at UNC Greensboro. He finished his career there fourth on the team's all-time scoring lists, with 65 goals and 25 assists, and having been named first team NSCAA All-South all four years with the team.

Professional[edit]

After completing his career at Greensboro, Moreno was drafted 27th overall in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He played sparingly in his rookie season, but developed into an excellent sparkplug coming off the bench in his second season, when he registered six goals and two assists in just 1,117 minutes.[clarification needed]

Although Moreno exhibited a good deal of promise in 2003, he was not able to earn a consistent starting role with the Galaxy because of a logjam at the forward position, which included Guatemalan star Carlos Ruiz and former US international Jovan Kirovski, as well as recent acquisition Joseph Ngwenya. In 2004, Moreno again registered six goals and two assists, this time in 1,297 minutes. He was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in the off-season in a four-player deal. In his lone season with the Quakes, Moreno scored eight goals and four assists. Along with the rest of his Earthquakes teammates, he moved to Houston for the 2006 season. He was traded to the Columbus Crew on May 10, 2007 for Joseph Ngwenya.

Alejandro Moreno scored the first goal in the 2008 MLS Cup for Columbus, who eventually won the game 3-1 against New York Red Bulls.

Moreno was selected by Philadelphia Union in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft on 25 November 2009.[1]

On November 24, 2010, Moreno was selected by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, but was immediately traded to Chivas USA, along with Alan Gordon.

Moreno remained with Chivas USA through the 2012 season. After the conclusion of the 2012 season, Chivas USA declined the 2013 option on Moreno's contract and he entered the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Moreno became a free agent after he went undrafted in both rounds of the draft. In February 2013 he joined the Philadelphia Union as a television commentator, ending his playing career.[2]

International[edit]

Moreno's performances in MLS have seen him receive call-ups for the Venezuelan national team; he made his first appearance on February 18, 2005 against Australia. Due to his high quality of form during the 2008 Major League Soccer season, Moreno was again called up to the Venezuelan team for some 2010 World Cup Qualifiers, scoring against Ecuador on October 15, 2008, in a 3-1 win.

International goals[edit]

GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.August 20, 2008José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela Syria4–04-1Friendly
2.October 15, 2008Estadio Olímpico José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela Ecuador2–13-12010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3.March 25, 2011Catherine Hall Stadium, Montego Bay, Jamaica Jamaica0–20–2Friendly

Honors[edit]

Columbus Crew[edit]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

See also[edit]

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