Jaime Moreno has taken the role as DC United’s youth academy technical director.
The 37-year old Bolivian former midfielder, who apprehensively retired at the completion of the 2010 MLS season, will remain in Washington and oversee the promising talent of the club he represented close to 400 times.
“It was a hard decision for me to stop playing, but at the same time, it wasn’t a hard decision for me to make to stay in DC and work with the youth,” he told MLSsoccer.com.
“It’s something new for me. I’m going to try and teach whatever I learned through the last 20 years of my career and hopefully it’ll help.”
After more than half his life served as a player, Moreno is looking forward to the challenge of coaching and seeing how the game is played from the other side of the fence.
“Everything is new for me, so I’m trying to get used to it,” he added. “The people that I have with me are very easy to work with — good coaches, good people — so it’s going to get easier.
“We’re just going to go day-by-day to see what the kids need," he said. "Specifically, I’ll be working with the forwards."