At UNCG, he was a star student-athlete.

Now at ESPN, Alejandro Moreno is a star analyst – one of the network’s most recognizable faces for World Cup coverage.

The celebrated soccer event begins Thursday, June 12. Moreno will call matches and provide analysis in the studio.

As a Spartan, Moreno was a four-time First Team All-Region selection and a four-time All-Conference recipient. He led the Spartans in goals all four years of his career, 1998-2001. In his 11-year professional career, he played for three Major League Soccer champion teams. He also played for Venezuela in World Cup qualifying in 2006, 2010 and the most recent circle.

He returned to campus last February, when he was inducted into the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame. “I am honored and proud to be a Spartan,” he said. (See photo.) As he explained in an interview with UNCG Athletics, “Here at UNC Greensboro, I had a lot of success on the field and a lot of success off the field.” He noted that he completed his UNCG bachelor’s program in International Business in three and a half years.

He has been a full-time ESPN analyst for only 15 months. Now he is on perhaps the world’s biggest stage: the World Cup.

He has his sense of humor. Before play began, he tweeted a photo of dozens of monitors. “Inside @espn ‘Command Center’ in Rio during the World Cup … I probably shouldn’t touch anything!”

Read a recent profile by ESPN Front Row.
Enjoy some highlights of his pro soccer career, on the occasion of his retirement as a player.
Follow Moreno on Twitter for a behind-the-scenes perspective at the World Cup.