Alejandro Moreno was noticeably running better.
Moreno was active in front of the net, which was very evident when he received a corner kick from Justin Mapp in the 26th minute and headed the ball into the net for his second goal of the season. He later assisted on another goal, deflecting a free kick that ultimately was knocked home by Fred.
The veteran forward, who has 43 career goals in MLS since 2002 entering this season, notched his second with the Union in what became a 3-0 win over Chivas USA on Saturday at PPL Park.
Moreno has been battling a number of nagging injuries all season.
“It was good to feel healthy once again and feel that my body is responding,” Moreno said. “I have left some injuries behind. It’s a great experience to score the first goal and to carry the game the way we did.”
At times, Manager Peter Nowak had limited Moreno’s playing time due to the injuries.
Seeing his striker score like he has so many times in the past was especially pleasing.
“It was good for both of them, Alejandro and Fred, especially for Alejandro, it was a long time before he scored his second goal,” Nowak said. “It is good to have him on the score sheet and he’s going to move forward now.”
While Moreno was hobbling through some games and not running at full speed, he simply pushed through.
Being able to go at full speed made all the difference against Chivas.
“It was tough at times, because I couldn’t always do what I wanted,” Moreno said. “I had a bunch of injuries I was trying to work through. For me and how I play, it’s nice to be healthy and run the way I want to. Hopefully, I can keep this going the rest of the season and stay as healthy as I was today.”
When Moreno is healthy, the Union are even more dangerous when you also factor in Sebastien Le Toux (12 goals) and Danny Mwanga (seven goals).
“I was very happy for Alejandro,” said midfielder Andrew Jacobson. “He deserved it. This was a great play on the header. He’s a great player and helped us get a big win against Chivas.”
Whether Moreno scores or not, the result is what’s most important.
“And being healthy,” Moreno said. “I feel like I can do what I have done my whole career when I’m feeling good. And I felt good today.”