Soccer Great Jaime Moreno Could Lose Eye After Freak Golfing Accident

DC United legend Jaime Moreno is in danger of losing his left eye after a freak golfing accident on Thursday, July 16.

The Bolivian native, who played as star forward for D.C. United for 14 seasons before retiring in 2010, was playing with a group of friends at the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Virginia when his shot bounced back, hitting him in the face, according to multiple reports.

“After I swung the golf club, I found myself on the ground, bleeding. Nothing else was around and I was very close to the cart path, and that’s the only thing I can think, is that I hit the cart path and the ball bounced back into my eye,” Moreno told NBC4 Sports.

Moreno underwent hours-long reconstructive surgery on the eye following the accident, but additional procedures are likely.

“When I spoke to them after surgery, they said there was a possibility I could lose my eye,” Moreno told The Washington Post. “We won’t know until my eye is completely open, and then we’ll see if I can get my vision back. It could take a couple months.”

To make matters worse, Moreno doesn’t have health insurance. In order to combat expenses sure to be felt by the former athlete and his family in the coming months, a GoFundMe page was started by Oscar Zambrana, the founder of “La Barra Brava,” D.C. United’s supporters’ group.

“My reason for this page is to ask that we come together at a time of need to support one of our own family members,” Zambrana wrote on the page’s bio, “he wasn’t only a member of the Barra Brava, he was an Idol to all the supporter clubs and A long time Legend with D.C.UNITED and the BOLIVIAN NATIONAL TEAM.”

MyMCMedia’s Andrea Sarralde spoke with Daniel Wadeson, a University of District of Columbia men’s soccer coach, about Moreno’s contribution to the game and the community.

Hundreds have already contributed to the cause, raising over $50,000 so far. Countless other fans and friends have taken to social media since news of Moreno’s accident broke to show support for the athlete.

A highly decorated player, Moreno leads DC United in several all-time categories: goals (131), assists (102) and games played/starts (329/288). He is one of the greatest players to ever play for the MLS and was inducted into the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

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About Tori Bergel

Tori Bergel is an intern at Montgomery Community Media. She is a rising senior within the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She can be reached at tbergel@mymcmedia.org. Follow her on twitter at @BergelTori.

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