Former MLS and Venezuelan National Team Player to Work Mexican National Team and Liga MX Matches, In-Studio for Other Top Events
Former Major League Soccer and Venezuelan National Team striker Alejandro Moreno has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst. The 11-year MLS veteran and three-time MLS Cup champion will primarily serve as an analyst for Mexican National Team and Liga MX matches 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.
Moreno will work his first U.S. Men’s National Team match on Tuesday, March 26, at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN joining Ian Darke (play-by-play) and fellow analyst Taylor Twellman at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca for Mexico vs. USA, a key qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“Alejandro has a remarkable knowledge of the game and the rare ability to communicate it with insight. His work for us so far has shown he will be a great addition to our talented and diverse analyst team,” 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. After earning critical acclaim, he returned to the same role in 2012.
Earlier this year, ESPN acquired the U.S. English-language rights for the Mexican National Team’s home matches. Moreno became the analyst for the series, making his “El Tri on ESPN” debut on Jan. 30 alongside play-by-play voice Fernando Palomo as ESPN’s lead commentator team for Mexican football.
Moreno, who will also continue to serve as the primary analyst for Philadelphia Union MLS matches on regional television, said: “It is a tremendous honor and a privilege to be part of a great and committed soccer production team at ESPN. I am looking forward to growing within my new role and jump-starting the next step of my career.”
Moreno was drafted 27th overall in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy where he won the first of his three MLS Cup trophies as a rookie. He 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). In all, Moreno was a part of clubs that claimed four MLS Supporters’ Shields for the league’s best regular season record.
Moreno’s play in the MLS earned him a Venezuelan National Team call-up from 2004-11. He played in 43 matches for the national team including appearances in World Cup qualifying matches for three different FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014) for the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). He was part of Venezuela’s 2011 Copa América team which finished fourth– the team’s all-time best record in the South American championship.