Luis Moreno (right) and Tauro qualified for the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League after winning the 2013 Panamanian Apertura. (Photo: Paul Giamou)
PANAMA CITY, Panama – In November of last year, Tauro was crowned champion of Panama for the 12th time and one of the reasons for its success was the play of Luis Moreno.
The defender returned to the club for a fourth time in 2011 after a stint with in Colombia with Deportivo Pereira. He understands very well the responsibilities that come along with wearing the white jersey.
The very friendly Moreno spoke to CONCACAF.com about Tauro’s current campaign and the dream of playing in the CONCACAF Champions League once again.
“Everything is going well, I think we are having a good season to go into the two terms this year,” said Moreno.
After five rounds, the “Toros” are sixth in the Panamanian table with six points. Moreno says it is important that the team, which has a win and three draws in its last four outings, continues to work hard.
“We know the importance of what it is to win a title and be champions and we are working hard to do that,” expressed Moreno. “We know that we are Panama’s most decorated team and that is the pressure we have upon ourselves.”
For the 32-year-old, the sensation and process of winning a title should always be treasured.
“We started slow, but with the passage of the weeks, we were committing ourselves and I think that was the reason for our success,” recalled Moreno about the last year’s championship campaign. “It was a united team from start to finish.”
He also gives credit to the work of head coach Rolando Palma, who was once his teammate at Tauro.
“First, you have to take him as a great person,” pointed out Moreno. “I shared a lot of matches with him in the CONCACAF Champions League and in the domestic league, and now as coach he deserves more respect than when he was a player. I think more than that, he is like family among us.”
One of the squad’s inspirations continues to be teammate Luis Renteria, who is being treated for systemic lupus and lupus nephritis. Renteria continues fighting against it and, fortunately, his health is better.
“Each day hope grows in the best way,” revealed Moreno. “Yesterday he talked with us by telephone and he was able to speak. Thank God he is improving and I think it will be soon when he will once again be with the team.”
By virtue of winning the 2013 Apertura, Tauro will make its fifth appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League, when the 2014-15 edition kicks off later this year. The opportunity to represent his country internationally fills the veteran of three CONCACAF Gold Cups with pride.
“More than represent Tauro, to represent a country is the dream of all players,” Moreno concluded. “One must take the Champions League in the best manner.”
NOTES: Moreno has four career goals in the CONCACAF Champions League.