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Moreno Call-Up

As we told you yesterday, D.C. United captain Jaime Moreno will be in uniform for Bolivia to face Guatemala in a friendly at RFK next Wednesday night. With the Guatemalans set to host the United States in a World Cup qualifier two weeks later, the U.S. team will have a scout on site for a first-hand look. Here is the official Moreno announcement:

D.C. United announced today that forward Jaime Moreno has been called up to join the Bolivian National Team to play an international friendly versus Guatemala at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on August 6. Kick off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. This match will give Bolivia the opportunity to get ready for upcoming World Cup qualifying games against Ecuador and Brazil in September, while Guatemala prepares to face the United States in CONCACAF qualifying on August 20 in Guatemala City. All lower and upper level seating is general admission while Mezzanine seating is reserved. Lower and upper level ticket prices are $30 in advance and $35 on day of game, while Mezzanine pricing is $40 in advance and $45 on game day. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, via phonecharge or at ticketmaster.com. Group tickets of 20 or more are available through D.C. United by calling 202-587-5000 or at dcunited.com. After making his debut as Bolivia's youngest player in the 1994 World Cup, Moreno became a fixture on the National Team roster throughout most of the 1990s. Moreno made his comeback to the team in June 2007 for the Copa America, scoring two goals in three matches. Later that year, Moreno was called up again to be part of the national team for a World Cup qualifying game against Uruguay. Moreno's most recent appearances with the team were on November 17 and 21 when the Bolivian National team lost to Argentina and tied against Venezuela in qualifying matches. During his career, the 34-year-old striker has represented his country 72 times, scoring 11 goals.

By Steve Goff  |  July 30, 2008; 12:07 PM ET
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Comments

Pre-emptive post.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Not much a surprise there. It's nice for Moreno to get recognized by Bolivia, but I'm sure fans of Bolivia's national team are thinking the same thing as DC United fans, "Why can't we find a suitable replacement for Jaime Moreno."

Posted by: TCompton | July 30, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Will Willem Dafoe be playing for Bolivia again?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | July 30, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

General Admission?

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | July 30, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, General Admission could get interesting.

Although, it's tough to know how big this crowd by get, but I'd imagine there'll be a lot of room for people to spread out without issue or conflict.

Posted by: Perhaps | July 30, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Will Willem Dafoe be playing for Bolivia again?

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: JayRockers! | July 30, 2008 12:40 PM
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LOL I photoshopped that highlight of him, but no. He's not, he wasnt called up lathough he is a regular.

There is ONE suitable replacement also for Moreno, his name is Juan Carlos Arce. He plays JUUUUUST like Moreno when he was young, but is more tricky like C.Ronaldo. They use the same moves. Likes step overs, can shoot, can pass, and is pretty quick.

Right now he is back in bolivia, but isnt going to be playing for the NT, i dunno why.

But he is looking for a team right now, why cant DC get this kid?? He is about to go to Korea the media is stating!!!

GOff could you do something?? LOL

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | July 30, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Jaime - but what does this say about the state of Bolivian football that they are bringing him back into the fold at his age? I just looked and the recent results aren't very pretty - it seems like they have taken at least a couple steps back since the 90s heyday with Moreno and Etcheverry.

Posted by: tmc | July 30, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Do NOT, I repeat Do NOT buy your tickets from Ticketmaster, buy them either from Tutto Bene the restaurant in Arlington or the Barra Brava.

Posted by: DirtyHarry | July 30, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The Bolivian team is 9th place out of 10 in Concacaf Qualifying for 2010 South Africa. For them to finish 5th place - they'll have to get on a winning streak. But anything is possible, as BRAZIL is in 5th PLACE!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(CONMEBOL)

Posted by: Izzy | July 30, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Jaime - but what does this say about the state of Bolivian football that they are bringing him back into the fold at his age? I just looked and the recent results aren't very pretty - it seems like they have taken at least a couple steps back since the 90s heyday with Moreno and Etcheverry.

Posted by: tmc | July 30, 2008 1:44 PM
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I disagree, if you actually followed their futbol from when they last played til' now, you'd see that they are making leaps and bounds forward, sure the 97' team was great that led them to the Copa America final vs. brazil, but after that they struggled to make it to france 98 and ultimately failed. Etcheverry took a hard hit, and was soon casted off as old news. Same with moreno, their participation in the MLS during that time basically ousted them out of being called up ever again. The media considered the MLS a mickey mouse league and both were worst than talent inhouse in bolivia(WRONG).

Talent hasnt been produced like moreno in etcheverry in ages, we have some good forwards but Jaime's touch is just pure class, and hasent been seen since the golden age in 94' with guys like Milton Melgar, Julio Baldivieso, Borja, Rimba, all these guys had beautiful touch and played the game elegantly, like moreno. He was raised on these guys.

Sadly the new kids dont have anyone to mimic or follow, so their play will never be like that.


But thats not to say things havent changed for the better, bolivia is on the come up, beating paraguay, and although they probably wont qualify to the WC in 2010 they are looking at in a bigger range.

They have good youth players, but Morenos Respect by all the players and touch is something the staff are counting on to help them out when they come together.


But most likely this is out of respect, as he wont be called to play for bolivia unless he shows REALLLLY well this friendly.

Similar to C. Blanco who is rumored to be called up for Mexico again, for his leadership and control on the ball.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | July 30, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Goff, could a possible loan be even considerd for the 2 bolivar players probably starting vs. Guatemala? Joaquin Botero(30 year old veteran, ex. highest goal scorer in the world, ex. pumas player)

Or Daner Pachi, who is a young fresh 24 year old that has shown brilliance as of late for Bolivar and has always been considered very talented, earning call ups to the national team since 04 or 05.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | July 30, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Izzy,

What are you talking about? Bolivia and Brazil are trying to qualify for CONCACAF?

Posted by: Sepp | July 30, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Moreno?? wow, this call up must be out of respect from his old friend Sanchez who is the coach.

As I understand it, as far as forwards go Jaime Moreno is probably 4th or 5th option on their depth chart, this has to be one of if not his last call up.

Tell the DC scout to save his gas money, Bolivias good players aren't playing as this isn't a FIFA date and the promising youngsters are already in talks with foreign clubs. Maybe Guatemalas got some talent not already claimed.

Posted by: JLawrence | July 30, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

the guatamala vs el salvador game was general admission and there were zero problems and they had 35000 at the game. i hd alot of fun and the crowd was alot of fun.

Posted by: Chris | July 30, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I think it is unfair that Bolivia has to play at sea-level.

Posted by: RK | July 30, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Good for Moreno. Let him enter in the 75th minute to a big ovation from the crowd. I imagine this friendly is more for the Bolivian team to evaluate young talent, but it would be nice to give Jamie a couple minutes in front of his home club fans in maybe his last ever national team match.

Posted by: DCUMD | July 30, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Scouts' Notes:

Carlos Ruiz: Dives....dives.....dives...flop....dives...flop

Posted by: Scout | July 30, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Moreno?? wow, this call up must be out of respect from his old friend Sanchez who is the coach.

As I understand it, as far as forwards go Jaime Moreno is probably 4th or 5th option on their depth chart, this has to be one of if not his last call up.

Tell the DC scout to save his gas money, Bolivias good players aren't playing as this isn't a FIFA date and the promising youngsters are already in talks with foreign clubs. Maybe Guatemalas got some talent not already claimed.

Posted by: JLawrence | July 30, 2008 3:15 PM
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Wrong, there are a couple of players that have something to prove, its a mix of unknowns and untestested players, along with some starters, like vaca, and Botero who scored that awsome goal vs. paraguay. Same goes with Gatty ribiero who can cross the ball like nobodys business!

Also Ricardo Pedriel, a tall 6'2 forward is soon to go to europe, and is getting his second call up for the NT. all good young promising players IMO that have been called up, how will they all work together though? Thats the question.
Good for Moreno. Let him enter in the 75th minute to a big ovation from the crowd. I imagine this friendly is more for the Bolivian team to evaluate young talent, but it would be nice to give Jamie a couple minutes in front of his home club fans in maybe his last ever national team match.

Posted by: DCUMD | July 30, 2008 4:55 PM
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Yes, it seems like its outta respect, i wont be surprised if he asks Platini' to play him only a half or to sub him in at 70th.

Joaquin Botero plays similar to him, but still not the same as Moreno's touch, not as refined.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | July 30, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

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