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D.C. United acquires Venezuelan national team midfielder Junior Moreno

D.C. United has acquired Venezuelan national team midfielder Junior Moreno, the club confirmed in an announcement Tuesday evening. The club has agreed to pay an undisclosed transfer fee to Zulia, a Venezuelan club that has employed him since June 2015.

Moreno, 24, is a central player with ball-winning and possession skills. He made his senior international debut for La Vinotinto last summer in a friendly against the United States in Sandy, Utah, assisting on a goal in the 1-1 draw. A week later, Moreno scored from 25 yards in a friendly against Ecuador in Boca Raton, Fla. In the fall, he started World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Uruguay, and he entered as a sub against Paraguay.

Moreno’s father, Argentine-born Carlos Horacio Moreno, has coached in Venezuela for many years and guided his son at Zulia.

Moreno is the second central midfielder from Latin America to join United this offseason. Last month, D.C. signed Costa Rican national teamer Ulises Segura from Saprissa. Segura is a more attack-oriented player than Moreno and can play wide as well. They join a central corps that includes Luciano Acosta, Russell Canouse and Ian Harkes.

In the aftermath of a last-place finish in 2017, United also added center back Frederic Brillant in a trade with New York City FC and forward Darren Mattocks in a swap with the Portland Timbers. The club remains in the hunt for a striker and is in discussions with two attackers with whom United owns MLS rights: Gonzalo Veron (claimed in the re-entry draft from the New York Red Bulls) and Eryk Williamson (a homegrown candidate from the University of Maryland).

Moreno’s highlight package: