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DC United chiefs tribute to Jaime Moreno

D.C. United and Jaime Moreno announced today 2010 will be the forward's final year with D.C. United.

Having joined United during the team's inaugural season, he has had a hand in every major trophy captured by D.C.

"I would like to offer a big thank you to everyone who has been a part of my time at D.C. United," said Moreno. "Thank you to the fans for supporting me through all the years and to all of the people that make up D.C. United - my teammates, my coaches, the staff and everyone else. I'm thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this organization."

"Jaime has been an invaluable member of D.C. United since the team's first season in 1996," said President and CEO Kevin Payne. "He is arguably the greatest player in the history of Major League Soccer. This has been a disappointing season for the club and while we would have preferred to write a different closing chapter, this does not diminish anything the club has accomplished since 1996 and the role Jaime has played in those accomplishments. While Jaime may choose to play his last soccer for Blooming in Bolivia, he understands that there is a role for him with D.C. United in the future. We look forward to his being a part of the D.C. United family for years to come."

"I feel very lucky to have been able to share a field with Jaime Moreno," said D.C. United Interim Head Coach Ben Olsen. "We shared some wonderful memories as teammates - some of the best moments in the club's history. Our trophy case is full in large part to Jaime. He will absolutely have a legacy as one of the greatest players in League history. He made the game look easy and was a joy to watch. Everyone at D.C. United wishes him the best."

"It has been an honor to have been part of Jaime's incredible career at D.C. United," said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. "He has dazzled with his abilities, shown his pure class both on the field and off, and been instrumental in all of the silverware captured by the club. We wish nothing but the best for Jaime and his family, and we are hopeful that he can contribute to the organization in many different ways moving forward."

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