Moreno to Miss United Match After Country Comes Calling
D.C. United captain Jaime Moreno will miss the May 26 match against the MLS defending champion Houston Dynamo to play for Bolivia's national team in a friendly against Ireland that day in Foxborough, Mass.
Although he has not represented his country since 2002, Moreno has been given the opportunity to impress Coach Erwin"Platini" Sanchez and earn a roster spot for the Copa America, the biennial South American championship to be held this summer in Venezuela. Moreno, 33, and Sanchez were teammates on Bolivia's 1994 World Cup squad.
If Moreno is named to the Copa roster, he likely would miss at least three MLS games.
"It is always an honor to defend your national team colors," said Moreno, who has scored nine goals in 64 international appearances.
Moreno, whose 107 MLS regular season goals are one behind all-time leader Jason Kreis, has scored on penalty kicks in each of the past two games for United (1-3-1) but has struggled to regain his attacking form.
Meantime, sources said United Coach Tom Soehn and technical director Dave Kasper were in Poland this week to scout Bartosz Bosacki, a 31-year-old central defender who scored twice against Costa Rica during last year's World Cup. Bosacki has spent most of his club career in Poland and currently plays for Lech Poznan. One source said the chances of United striking a deal were "50-50."
In an unrelated move, assistant coach Mark Simpson said the club has decided not to offer a contract to Edwin Twesigomwe, a 19-year-old defender from the Fulham youth academy in London who had trained with United all week.
-- Steven Goff