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Moreno on Loan?

D.C. United has been approached about loaning captain Jaime Moreno to Bolivian club Blooming for a few months, United General Manager Dave Kasper told the Insider. A decision is expected this week.

No other details were available, but if a deal were reached, MLS's career scoring leader seems likely to play for Blooming until the start of United's season in late March. He began his pro career with Blooming in 1991 -- in his home town of Santa Cruz -- and spent three years there before being purchased by English club Middlesbrough. Blooming won the 2009 Clausura championship.

Moreno, who turns 36 in two weeks, is preparing for his 15th MLS season. Though he remains one of the league's craftiest players, wear and tear have taken their toll and he is likely to fill a supporting role.

By Steve Goff  |  January 4, 2010; 3:02 PM ET
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Hombre's got half a gallon left in the tank. If we plan on having him take up a roster spot, I don't want him using his legs any more than he needs to. I say sell him outright or nix this.

Posted by: Logan_Circle | January 4, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Keep em' coming Goff!

Posted by: redskinsux | January 4, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess it depends on what kind of role Onalfo has in mind for Moreno. If he's going to be a starter, then this is an awful idea. At his age (and with his injury history), players need the full offseason of rest. On the other hand, if we're just looking at him as a supersub, then it probably depends on how much Blooming is willing to pay.

All things considered, this seems odd to me.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 4, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

He is leaving on Wednesday !! He said he wants to be fit for the start of the DCU season!! I think it's a great idea!! Hell be ok he will be playing at a high level in the copa libertadores !!

Posted by: ThE-BaRRa-BrAvA-KiD | January 4, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

If Moreno was 10 years younger, it'll be a no-brainer. As it is, unless he's found the fountain of youth how can he be expected to play the full MLS season without adequate rest in the offseason?

Posted by: tundey | January 4, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse


I thought this was announced a couple of weeks ago as a done deal.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | January 4, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Bolivia, Bolivia, hmmm, isn't that the place that's like a few parsecs above sea level? Not sure if anyone has any info on this, but what impact would the air up there (or lack there of) have on an aging Vet who hasn't played in that environment for a while? Hurt or help? Just curious.

I know the whole loan thing is the new black lately, but like Chest said, this one tests reason a bit. Is this a loan/buy type deal thingy?

Posted by: Kosh2 | January 4, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

It Is a loan only deal Jaime doesn't want to finish his career over there

Posted by: ThE-BaRRa-BrAvA-KiD | January 4, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

On the up side, there's a good chance he'll be more fit when the season starts. On the down side, it seems more likely that he'll tire down the stretch. But hey, the guy 1) Has earned a huge amount of good will with the club, and 2) Shouldn't be the linchpin of our attack at age 36 anyway, so if he wants to go, let him go.

Posted by: jsm91 | January 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Let him go, lots of S. American players like to return home and play in soccer mad countries. Ronaldo, Adriano, Roberto Carlos to name a few.

Posted by: cr10 | January 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

We need him...Don't burn him up with some useless extra wear and tear that he does not need...Onalfo needs a fresh and rested Moerno.

Posted by: alan19 | January 4, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't see why we would loan him. If Moreno plays this season, he stays. If Onalfo doesn't want him, he doesn't. (Would prefer he stays as a sub). Weird all around.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | January 4, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Santa Cruz is not that high above sea level (you are thinking of La Paz) so it has no impact on his lungs. Plus, I believe the idea is to help Blooming in the Copa Libertadores, so it would be international, not domestic, matches.

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Bolivia, Bolivia, hmmm, isn't that the place that's like a few parsecs above sea level? Not sure if anyone has any info on this, but what impact would the air up there (or lack there of) have on an aging Vet who hasn't played in that environment for a while? Hurt or help? Just curious.

I know the whole loan thing is the new black lately, but like Chest said, this one tests reason a bit. Is this a loan/buy type deal thingy?

Posted by: Kosh2 | January 4, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jowen711 | January 4, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Jaimie should be able to do what he wants, if he's chasing a Libertadores dream I'm all for it whether he comes back or not.
I am hoping for nothing from Jaime other than super subbing in 2010. A start here or there if he's really fit and up for it. NOthing more please!:)

Posted by: DadRyan | January 4, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

If he can't play all the games in a full season for us like last year, how is this of any benefit? So as the season goes on, apologists will start saying he played in Bolivia during the off season so thats why he's not playing well due to fatigue. BS.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | January 4, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

This is a nice deal from the sentimental perspective of Jaime enjoying a swan song back in his native land.

From DC United's perspective, there's much more downside than upside in lending out an aged veteran.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Did someone say "crafty"?

She's crafty, she gets around, she's crafty


We got to the crib and there was Adam and D.

We didn't say a word they just stared at me

I said, I don't know her I just met her tonight

And Adrock started hiding everything in sight

D. pulled me over said hide your gold,
The girl is crafty like ice is cold

Posted by: delantero | January 4, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

" what impact would the air up there (or lack there of) have on an aging Vet who hasn't played in that environment for a while? Hurt or help?""

I don't know, but the huge homecoming he's going to get in Bolivia, full of local foods and drink, surely won't help.

The altitude should increase his hematocrit for a bit, but that subsequent conditioning improvement won't last long when he returns to sea level. How long I don't know, anyone an exercise physio . .

It really depends on how much "homecoming" fun he does versus playing/training.

Posted by: delantero | January 4, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

82 days until United's first match!


Less until Jamie returns.

If he wants to go on loan, United should not stand in his way. Doing so would only result in an unhappy player -- one who is the heart and sole of the team. United gains more by respecting Jamie's wishes than it loses by additional wear and tear on him.

Posted by: Curious99 | January 4, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Jamie has given his heart rto this team, I don't see any reason he shouldn't go out in style. Vamos Jamie! Have fun! See you next season. Classy guy...

Posted by: pmk000 | January 4, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: d1g00f | January 5, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

If there's any cash involved and/or it builds up a relationship with a good foreign club and its player pool, great. DCU wins.

Last season was not a good showcase for any DCU player, and like most of them, Moreno's inspiration seemed to fade a little in the stretch. So any PT Jaime gets in Bolivia is another chance for all to see what he can still do, or not. I think that's also a plus for his employers and for Jaime.

I don't expect he'll be overwhelmed with game action at either club, or that there's any real reason to worry about his conditioning. Nobody wants an injury or other setback, but at least in that event DCU will have trained for a few months without him.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | January 5, 2010 3:33 AM | Report abuse

I think some of you need to brush up on your geography.

Posted by: CHICO13 | January 5, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I think some of you need to brush up on you're geography. Posted by: CHICO13

Ah, missed the fact that it was in Santa Cruz, elevation 416 meters.

Yeah, Jaime is going to get fat with all his homies and not gain anything from altitude or conditioning, Oh well.

Posted by: delantero | January 5, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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