WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 — He was a classy player and he comes off on TV just as good as he did on the field. Alejandro Moreno, who won three MLS Cups, has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst. The 11-year MLS veteran and Venezuelan national team striker will primarily serve as an analyst for Mexican national team and top Mexican league games on ESPN’s English networks, as well as a studio analyst for marquee events such as MLS Cup, Confederations Cup 2013, and other FIFA events.
It’s another good move by ESPN that already boasts a good stable of commentators and analysts in Taylor Twellman, Alexis Lalas and Ian Darke. Moreno will work his first U.S. men’s game on Tuesday, March 26, at 9:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN joining Darke (play-by-play) and fellow analyst Twellman at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca when Mexico host The U.S. team in a crucial World Cup qualifying match.
“Alejandro has a remarkable knowledge of the game and the rare ability to communicate it with insight,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer.
Moreno’s relationship with ESPN dates back to 2011 when he was a guest studio analyst for the MLS Cup playoffs while playing for Chivas USA.
ESPN recently acquired the U.S. English-language rights for the Mexican national team’s home games.
Moreno, who will also continue to serve as the primary analyst for Philadelphia Union MLS matches on regional television.
Moreno played for six MLS teams: Galaxy (2002-04), San Jose Earthquakes (2005), Houston Dynamo (2006-07), Columbus Crew (2007-09), Union (2010) and Chivas USA (2011-12) as well as playing in 43 matches for his national team.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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