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There Goes My Hero
On January 27th, favorite for fans of both the U.S. National Team and New England Revolution, Joe-Max Moore decided to hang up his cleats. The third all time leading scorer in the history of the U.S. National Team and the all-time scorer in the history of the Revolution made the decision to retire after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his knee. The 33 year old had earned the reputation at both the national and club level as a fierce competitor, who would never give anything less than his all. This is what made him a fan favorite in New England and the rest of the U.S. and this was why he is the favorite player for so many American soccer fans, including myself.

At the international level, Moore is a veteran in three World Cups. He amassed 100 caps (international appearances) and 24 goals. Some of his international highlights include scoring 2 goals in a 2-1 win over Jamaica on October 7th, 2001 at Foxboro in a match that secured the US a spot in the 2002 World Cup and a 4 goal performance (a replay showed he may have actually had 5) against El Salvador on December 5th, 1993. Also in 1993, Moore became the first player to amass 8 goals in one year for the U.S.

After a highly successful three years in college at UCLA, Moore went on to join FC Saarbruecken of the German Second Division in 1994; he led his team in scoring with 13 goals in 25 matches. The following year he signed with German team Nurnberg, where he recorded 17 goals. The next season Moore joined the newly founded MLS and signed with the Revolution, registering 11 goals in just 14 games. In 1997, he played for Nurnberg again before returning to the Revs and recording 4 goals and 2 assists in 13 games. In 1998, Moore scored 7 goals to go with 15 assists in 21 matches, missing several matches while away with the US National Team. In 1999, he recorded 15 goals and 8 assists in 29 matches before signing with Everton of the English Premier League the following year. His first season Moore scored 8 goals, 5 in consecutive games, but would only score two more goals in limited time due to injuries. Moore returned to New England for the 2003 season with high hopes of forming an explosive strike partnership with Taylor Twellman. Moore suffered knee injuries throughout the season and only managed to play in 16 matches tallying 4 goals and 7 assists in a season he called a “disaster” and “the most frustrating year for me as a professional”. His assists per game rate was 4th in the league. Last year Moore played three games before going down with a season ending knee injury. He ended his career on a two game assist streak.

Moore explained his retirement in a letter to the fans:
“After a great deal of thought and careful consideration, I have decided to announce my retirement from professional soccer.

After numerous attempts to strengthen and stabilize my knee through rehab, it became clear that I had no alternative but to have reconstructive surgery. Considering my age and the recovery time necessary, I have decided to end my playing career.

Although I am saddened, I move forward with peace of mind, knowing that I gave everything as a player and that every attempt was made to return to the field.

I would like to express my gratitude to Major League Soccer for allowing me to play professionally in this country and to the New England Revolution, the Kraft family, and the New England fans for their never ending support.

I would also like to thank the following: the United States Soccer Federation for giving me the honor of representing my country and allowing me to see the world along the way, all the players and coaches who helped me develop as a player and person, all the fans who have supported both myself and the game of soccer, and finally, to my incredible family for showing their support through the years.

I feel fortunate to have had these experiences and look forward to the new challenges ahead.

Thanks for your support,

Joe-Max Moore”


On Friday, January 28th, Moore had a chat with the fans on MLSNet.com in which he stated, “I definitely enjoyed my time there and met a ton of great people in New England. I would love to come back as a coach at some point in the future. As far as the national team is concerned, I met great people and would hope to be involved at some point in the future.” Obviously, New England fans would love to see Joe-Max Moore come back as a coach and share his competitive spirit and attitude towards the game with the next generation of soccer players. It’s sad that such a great player had to retire because of injury, but hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of Joe-Max involved in soccer in the future.

Moore was the only member of the Revolution who had played in the Revs inaugural season. Throughout his career he always showed his appreciation to the fans by staying late and signing autographs or even giving away his shirt to a lucky fan. Moore would often stay after practice once everyone had left and continue to work on his shooting. I had the chance to interview him at the end of the 2003 season while he was injured, and while it was clear he couldn’t stand watching a practice from the sidelines and not being able to participate, it was also clear what a truly nice person he is. In his letter Moore states that he has peace of mind knowing he gave everything as a player and it is clear to me that he gives his all at everything he does.
January 30, 2005 Sean Donahue



Email: sean@mlsfan.net

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Scores
Sat., Apr. 14th
6:00PM ET
Salt Lake 0
Columbus 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
New England 0
Toronto 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
DC United 0
Kansas City Wizards 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
8:30PM ET
Houston 0
Chivas USA 0

Sat., Apr. 15th
3:00PM ET
New York 0
Dallas 0

Sun., Apr. 15th
8:00PM ET
Colorado 0
Chicago 0

Standings
East
Team Name Pts
Chicago 3
Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
Kansas City 0
New England 0
Toronto 0

West
Team Name Pts
Dallas 4
Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
Salt Lake 1

Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
Player Name Gls
Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1