The New England Revolution still a long ways to go before they have the talent to compete, even in the Eastern Conference, but they at least made a move to bolster their depleted strike force by acquiring Colombian forward Jose Moreno on loan. The 30-year-old is coming off a season in which he scored seven goals and had four assists over 20 matches with Once Caldas of the Colombian first division.
"Jose is a player we targeted during a recent scouting trip and we are excited to been able to complete a deal with him to bring him to New England," General Manager Michael Burns said in a team release. "He’s a strong, target forward who has a lot of experience playing at the highest levels in both South America and Europe. We’re looking forward to his arrival as soon as the Visa process is completed."
Moreno has been a well-traveled player since turning pro at 19. The Revolution will be his 11th different team and this is the ninth time he's switched teams since 2006. He's played for teams in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Ukraine and Romania.
The Revolution will be counting on Moreno to help replace much of the talent the team let go during the offseason. A year after scoring more goals than just two MLS teams, the Revolution have gotten rid of three of the nine players on their team who scored at least twice, including Rajko Lekic, whose six goals were as many as the rest of the team's forwards combined.
For more on Moreno's signing, be sure to check out Revolution blog The Bent Musket.