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Moreno makes history in D.C. United victory

Aug 23, 2007 - 3:27 AM WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Jaime Moreno kicked his way into Major League Soccer's record book on Wednesday.

The team captain, Moreno converted a penalty kick in the 48th minute and became the league's all-time goals leader as D.C. United earned a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

Moreno, who returned to the starting lineup after being used as a substitute in the team's last four games while being slowed by a hamstring injury, now has 109 career goals.

"For me, in the back of my head the main thing is the team," Moreno said. "I think everyone knows it's a big achievement, proving I work hard for this. Anything you do is because you work hard at it, and nobody can take it from you. I'm proud, and now I'm just going to keep working, keep scoring, and we'll see what happens."

The Bolivian international had been tied with former Dallas Burn-Real Salt Lake forward Jason Kreis since May 19, when Moreno scored on a penalty kick in a 2-1 win against Toronto FC.

After Moreno, 33, converted the penalty kick, he retrieved the ball and gave it to his son, who was standing on the sideline.

D.C. United coach Tom Soehn was thrilled for Moreno. "I'm glad it's over and I'm happy for Jaime, he's been a great player in this league and he deserves a lot of credit for this achievement," he said.

Moreno's second-half goal capped the scoring for D.C. United (11-6-3, 36 points), which is is sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. United has enjoyed success at RFK Stadium against New York, defeating the Red Bulls in seven of the last eight meetings - including a 4-2 victory on June 10.

New York (10-8-3, 33 points) saw its two-match winning streak snapped.

United caught the Red Bulls flat-footed right from the start, as midfielder Ben Olsen had a goal and an assist in the match's first eight minutes.

Olsen's tally, his fifth of the season, came in the fifth minute thanks to an aggressive play by Troy Perkins. The goalkeeper advanced the ball nearly three-quarters of the field and found midfielder Fred, who dribbled in on goal.

Fred's shot was stopped by New York goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus, but Olsen converted the rebound for an easy goal.

Three minutes later, Olsen's cross was headed home by midfielder Christian Gomez to give United a 2-1 lead.

"It's always good to have an early advantage, but you still have to finish them off, and we did that tonight," Gomez said.

New York forward Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty kick in the 20th minute to halve the deficit. The goal, Angel's fourth in his last three matches, was his 13th of the season.

Angel's tally in the 88th minute on Saturday secured a 5-4 win over the David Beckham-led Los Angeles Galaxy in front of 66,237 fans.

Perkins finished with three saves, while Waterreus had two stops.








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