Moreno happy to be a mentor
PASO ROBLES, Calif.- Entering his tenth year in Major League Soccer, 31-year-old Alejandro Moreno is the most experienced forward on the Chivas USA squad, with an MLS Cup and many international competitions under his belt. During the preseason camp in Paso Robles, he can be seen working hard around the other forwards, youngsters like Tristan Bowen, 19, Justin Braun, 23, and Victor Esputiñan, 22.
“I think I can provide some of the knowledge that I’ve gotten throughout the years, but I can also feed some of my spirit with the youth and the potential that I have around me,” said Moreno, who was acquired by Chivas USA in a trade with Vancouver during the Expansion Draft during this offseason. “If that can lighten up my game, it’s something that I’m going to try to exploit as well. I’m going to help them and they are also going to help me.”
Chivas USA is in its first week of preseason in a small rural community in the central coast in California. For Moreno, these first two weeks are very important not only for him but for the rest of his teammates because it’s a time where players can learn from each other and lay the foundation for what the entire preseason is going to be about.
“It’s a good group that has a lot of room to grow, a lot of potential. Now it’s important that we all put the work in so that we can all maximize that potential so that we can get results on the field, with consistency this year,” said Moreno, who understands that he has many things he can pass on to the young players but also knows that his experience also demands leadership and performance on the field.
“There are a few things that I can share with a lot of those guys. But what is important is that on the field I’m able to perform and I’ve done it for a few years in MLS and with the National Team, hopefully I can carry that experience to the team and have a successful year,” stated Moreno.
The Venezuelan forward is very familiar with the coaching staff, and especially with Head Coach Robin Fraser, who he played against a number of times, lining up directly across from Fraser, who was a central defender. Moreno stated that is happy to see how Fraser transitioned successfully to the coaching ranks and now wants to support him in this new phase of his career at Chivas USA.
“He’s earned it, he’s paid his dues, and he has a plan in mind. We are going to support him as much as we can. We are going to try to translate his ideas into results on the field,” he said.
Lastly, Moreno added that he’s glad his family has found a place to live in Los Angeles so now he can focus only on soccer during this crucial time of the year.