OWTY has learned to US youth international Shaq Moore is currently training in Valencia, Spain with all three of the cities clubs.
Moore is training with Valencia CF, Levante UD and Huracán Valencia CF. Valencia and Levante are currently in La Liga, Spain’s premier division, while Huracán finds itself in Segunda División B, the third tier of the Spanish league. Both Valenica and Levante enjoy 100 years of tradition, while the Huracán was just recently formed in 2011. All are poised to sign the young American defender who can also slot into a defensive midfield role.
Moore has been long rumored with a move to Spain with La Liga giants Barcelona interested less than a year ago. The former US Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year has however focused his sights on the city of Valencia as a likely place he will sign his first professional contract, following an extremely impressive showing at the 2014 Federación Interinsular de Fútbol de Las Palmas earlier this year with the US U18s.
Moore, along with Tommy Redding, Erik Palmer-Brown, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin and tournament MVP Mukwelle Akale were reportedly some of the most impressive prospects at the tournament. Akale parlayed his success into a spot in the Villarreal youth system, with Moore poised to join him in Spain.
Moore told OWTY that he will be unable to sign until he turns 18 this November but will sign to one of these clubs when that time arises.
Moore, most recently, competed at the U18 level in USSDA for both IMG Academy and FC Dallas. It is believed Dallas was hoping to sign up the young defensive midfielder/full back to a HG deal. Moore has opted to take his talents across the pong. Moore has also become a valuable member Tab Ramos’ US U20 pool, playing mainly as a right back.
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