MLS Originals Down to One

With last week’s announcements that former New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston had signed with A.C. St. Louis of the second-division NASL, and that ex-Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch had ended his playing days, accepting a position on U.S. coach Bob Bradley’s national team staff, the number of players who’ve been with Major League Soccer since its inaugural season in 1996 dipped to one—D.C. United striker Jaime Moreno.

Ralston, who began his career with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, departs MLS as the league’s all-time assists leader, with 135 in 378 career games. He also scored 76 goals. He was Rookie of the Year in ’96, and won the 2007 U.S. Open Cup as well as the 2008 North American SuperLiga with the Revolution. Ralston made 36 appearances for the U.S. during his top-flight career, scoring four goals.

Marsch retires in fourth place on the league’s all-time games-played list with 321. He played for D.C. United, the Chicago Fire, and Chivas USA, and was a member of three MLS Cup–winning sides. He finishes his career with 26 goals and 35 assists, and two caps for the U.S.

Moreno joined MLS in August of 1996, scoring five goals in 16 appearances that season for United, and playing in D.C.’s 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS Cup. He would go on to win four more titles with D.C., and he enters the 2010 season as the league’s all-time leading scorer, with 131 goals in 319 MLS appearances.

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