D.C. United’s Jaime Moreno, Kevin Payne among ’21 Soccer Hall of Fame class

Jaime Moreno, Kevin Payne amongst ’21 Soccer Hall of Popularity class initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Jaime Moreno, D.C. United’s all-time leading objective scorer, and Kevin Payne, the president and basic supervisor who led the Black-and-Red to 4 MLS Cups, have actually been called to the 2021 National Soccer Hall of Popularity class. 

Moreno scored 131 objectives in 329 video games played with D.C. United and was an MLS Finest XI choice in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Moreno was the driving force as the striker up leading behind United’s MLS Cups in 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2004, all of which came with Payne linking the puzzle pieces together for the club’s most effective run. 

Signing Up With Moreno and Payne in the 2021 Hall of Popularity class were Christie Rampone, the only individual to win the females’s World Cup in 1999 and 2015, in addition to USMNT terrific Steve Cherundolo. 

Payne, now the president of U.S. Club Soccer, was shocked by previous D.C. United and present New England coach Bruce Arena together with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati when provided the news that he’ll be inducted under the “builder” classification. 2 stints for a combined 15 years in upper management for D.C. United, Payne likewise assisted the club to 2 U.S. Open Cups in 1996 and 2008. 

Moreno was also provided the news in an unexpected way. Previous colleague John Harkes, bestowed the news upon a happy Moreno, who was soon surrounded by friends and family commemorating the celebration.

Now the coach of D.C. United’s under-23 team, Moreno was all class as a real goal-scoring striker throughout his MLS days. The Bolivian forward played in 15 seasons from the league’s creation in 1996 till 2010, scoring 145 objectives in 340 looks. His 109th objective in 2007 set the then-MLS all-time objectives record, however his all-time mark didn’t last long after his retirement when Jeff Cunningham broke it a year later on. Ever since, Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski have actually topped the leaderboards. 

Still, each touch Moreno took looked much more simple and easy than the last and his completing capability was unequaled in the early days of MLS. Along with Payne, he’s assisted motivate and take American soccer to the next level and now both are being deservedly acknowledged. 

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.