WASHINGTON - MAY 1: Jaime Moreno #99 of D.C. United dribbles against Danleigh Borman #11 of the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium on May 1, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

Jaime Moreno Will Retire From MLS At Season's End

The D.C. United legend told reporters this will officially be his final season in MLS.

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Jaime Moreno Was Hoping To Play One More Season With D.C. United

Usually, when a legend like Jaime Moreno plays his last season with his longtime club, it's a mutual decision spurred by the player's need to fade into the sunset. However, in this case, Moreno actually wanted to play one more season until management said no. They felt they needed to go in a different direction, one without Moreno.

Moreno expressed disappointment at this decision today. Via Steven Goff of the Washington Post:

How did your conversations with the front office unfold?

"You should ask them. I don't want to get into a controversy. Basically, it was their decision. They knew I wanted to play another year, but this is a business. Unfortunately, the team didn't do good this year so I guess they are looking at better options than me. ... I feel like I didn't have the chance this year. I am definitely disappointed. It's definitely a sad moment to leave D.C. United. It's not the way I pictured it."

When club president Kevin Payne was asked abut Moreno's remarks, he told a slightly different tale.

Jaime says it was management's decision for him to leave after this season. Is that accurate?

"It's a collective decision that was unanimous. I don't know if he agrees, but management and team management all felt that this was the right thing to do."

Why was it the right thing to do?

"I don't want to get into that. It's time -- that's why."

It's unclear whether Payne meant it was a "collective decision that was unanimous" among management and Moreno, or just management. Either way, this is a tough decision. On the one hand, Moreno probably deserves better, but on the other hand, as Craig Stouffer notes, he really has been ineffective this season. I wish the resolution was cleaner, but as Moreno himself said, it is what it is.

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D.C. United President Kevin Payne Confirms Jaime Moreno's Retirement

Jaime Moreno has already announced this will be his last season with D.C. United. Now, the rest of the team is confirming the news. According to Steven Goff of the Washington Post, club president Kevin Payne has backed up Moreno's words.

D.C. United President Kevin Payne confirms that Jaime Moreno, MLS's all-time scoring leader, will not return to the club next year #dcu #mls

General manager Dave Kasper has also confirmed the news, according to Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner.

#dcu GM Dave Kasper confirms Moreno exit, club met w him this week."We're still hoping this yr that Jaime helps us get things back on track"    

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Jaime Moreno Will Retire From MLS At Season's End

Pretty much everyone expected that 2010 would be Jaime Moreno's final year in MLS. Now, it's official. The D.C. United legend confirmed that he will end his United playing career at the end of the season, according to Craig Stouffer of the Washington Examiner. 

Jaime Moreno confirms he'll end his #dcu playing career this season, according to multiple sources. He has options with Blooming in Bolivia.    

Moreno has been with D.C. United since the beginning, so he's witnessed the growth of MLS from its early days, when D.C. United dominated, to today, when D.C. United is struggling. Here's hoping he gets a good sendoff as the season ends.

For more, check out Black and Red United.

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