Moreno represents Chivas USA in Copa América
CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, July 5, 2011) - A day after Chivas USA’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire last weekend, one of The Red-and-White’s most important veterans was a few thousand miles away, taking part in another draw, a historic result for his country.
Venezuelan forward Alejandro Moreno has been on international duty with his country for the past few weeks, taking part in preparations for the Copa América tournament in Argentina. On Sunday, the Venezuelans played their first Group B game in the tournament, and got a great result as they held Brazil to a 0-0 draw.
Moreno, the only MLS representative in Copa América this year, took part in the match’s final 25 minutes after appearing as a substitute. His influence was felt immediately. TV cameras caught him yelling encouragements and directions to his teammates from the moment he stepped on to the pitch.
It’s a veteran presence that The Red-and-White have missed recently, according to head coach Robin Fraser.
“I think Alejandro is one of the leaders of our team,” said Fraser. “Certainly as we navigate this rough patch of a couple losses and ties I think his leadership is missed greatly. He’s the type of personality that I think is critical for our success going forward.”
While Chivas USA surely wouldn’t mind having Moreno back, both on the field and in the locker room, it’s exciting to see him playing and representing The Red-and-White in such a prestigious tournament.
“I think it’s tremendous that Alejandro is in Copa América,” said Fraser. “You wish your players well, and you hope that they get to play in extremely prestigious venues and places, and then obviously to get to play against Brazil in a very meaningful game is always a good thing. For us it’s a source of pride, because he’s a very good player for us and it’s good to see him achieve that sort of notoriety. To get a call up to your national team is always a prestigious thing, and to play in a tournament like Copa América is phenomenal. We’re happy for him.”
Venezuela's next match is Saturday July 9th against Ecuador. Moreno and La Vinotinto will round out group play on Wednesday July 13th against Paraguay.