Alejandro Moreno joined ESPN as a soccer analyst in March 2013, after an 11-year Major League Soccer career that ended in 2012. He serves 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 the MLS Cup and FIFA events.
Moreno will make his FIFA World Cup debut this summer as a match and studio analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the month-long tournament, June 12 – July 13.
Moreno’s relationship with ESPN dates back to 2011 when he debuted as 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. Moreno continues to serve as the primary analyst for Philadelphia Union MLS matches on regional television.
In March 2013, Moreno made his U.S. Men’s National Team debut as part of a three-person commentator booth with Ian Darke (play-by-play) and co-analyst Taylor Twellman live from Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca for Mexico vs. USA, a key qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The telecast was seen by an average audience of 2.385 million viewers making it the most-watched FIFA World Cup qualifying match on an ESPN network.
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 (2007-08), Union (2010) and Chivas USA (2011-12). In all, Moreno was a part of clubs that claimed three 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 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.
Born in the Venezuelan town of Barquisimeto, Moreno spent a year in Texas at 12 years of age and returned every summer from 1991-98 until he earned admission to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He played four years of college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, finishing fourth on the team’s all-time scoring record with 65 goals and 25 assists. He was graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business in 2001.