08 August 2007

The History of the Moment

Thursday's game has every chance of being a very important match in the history of MLS. An event that will cap the first 12 years of Major League Soccer's existence, and finally after a long wait validate the worth of an impressive soccer career. No, not Beckham. I mean, of course, that Jaime Moreno may well become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the league.

You may have forgotten that Moreno is that close to MLS History. Unlike certain other sports that have had long drawn out chases of the record books, MLS hasn't really made a big deal of Moreno. Part of this is that Jason only set the all-time mark last year, so it hasn't been around that long. Part of it is that whatever number Moreno ends with will likely be surpassed within a few seasons yet again. Part of it is that Moreno has played sparingly between Copa call-ups and a few nagging injuries. And perhaps part of it is that Moreno has scored only three goals this season, all from the penalty spot and is in the endgame of his career. But if he scores, no matter how it happens, on Thursday or whenever, it should be still be honored. The game should pause, briefly, to acknowledge the moment. It is a testament to a player that never quite earned the Player of the Year accolades he deserved (that 2004 award to Guevara looking more and more suspect as time wears on). It is a testament to a league that has a history that extends before the Designated Player rules were developed. And if it should happen Thursday, on National Television, then that is the right time.


Finally, you probably haven't noticed, but I haven't been posting much recently. There always seems to be a one month period in the summer when work conspires against me, and right now this is that moment. Fortunately, Kinney and Oscar have things covered. I hope to resume my normal duties as soon as I can. Along those lines, I won't be at the game on Thursday, since I'll likely be on travel for my job. At least I know that someone else will have that ticket.

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6 Comments:

At 08 August, 2007 10:20, Blogger Kinney said...

Great to mention. I will be at Estadio RFK and thus spared ESPN's coverage but I sincerely hope they hype this. It is a very big match without Beckham given the history of these teams and how well LA has done at RFK recently, if he plays it will just make it bigger. Hopefully whoever they have announcing will be able to understand that.

 
At 08 August, 2007 10:21, Anonymous GUTuna said...

He better get cracking or Razov will end up catching him and Kreis before he breaks the record!

 
At 08 August, 2007 11:22, Anonymous keithw said...

how sweet would it be to break the record at home with a SRO crowd. Hope DCU front office has worked with ESPN crew to have things prepared in case. Maybe some kind of quick highlight video if there is a brief game stoppage on the field to retire the ball, etc...

 
At 08 August, 2007 11:32, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pray to your maker that ESPN doesn't (in lieu of Beckham not playing) throw together a "One Shining Moment" montage for Jamie Moreno.

On second thought... I would get a kick out of seeing that.

 
At 08 August, 2007 13:59, Anonymous johnk said...

Play to win but records are great too. A new record without 3pts isn't acceptable

 
At 08 August, 2007 16:26, Anonymous Bill Urban said...

Jaime breaking the record on a night when United are honoring Cobi Jones...

That would be an appropriate restoration of normal club service...

 

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