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Levante coach full of praise after Shaq Moore’s La Liga debut

American defender Shaq Moore received some praise from his manager at Levante after his first league start.

Moore made his first La Liga start on Sunday when Levante defeated Las Palmas, 2-0. The right back went all 90 minutes and was credited with a blocked shot and an intercepted pass throughout what proved to be a composed performance.

“We never had any doubt,” Levante manager Juan Roman Lopez Muniz told reporters after Sunday’s win, according to Goal USA. “He’s a player that we’ve said for a long time that he’s young, he comes from the second team, that comes from a lower level, and the level in the first division is high, and he had a rival in front of high quality, but we knew he would do well.

“He’s a serious kid, disciplined, hard-working, with some important characteristics,” Muniz said. “Physically, he’s a marvel, fast, he can handle the ball, so we didn’t have doubts that he would do badly. He was very calm in that position.”

That was his second league appearance of the year and third in all competitions. He also started a cup match on the road against Girona on Oct. 26.


  1. Yea since de u20usa mnt 2015,usa has more players than the mexicans,it´s true y playing
    in very good teams,like Memo ochoa of 31 years in jupiter league plays foe sporting gijon
    almost last in the table,and Hetan Horvan defending the net of club Brugue first o second place,the other one is hirving lozano whit psv,scored frecuently,already know him and stop
    in two game not scoring,when play against Vitesse Mat Miazga,could stop him but miazga did not play,like always,is in the fileld the 90 minutes

    • Hahahahaha! Watching games?!? Waiting for a meaningful sample size?!? Please!!!! This is SBI!
      Here is what you need to know. It is obvious this should have been on the field in T&T, right alongside Keaton “Maradona” Parks, whose 20 minutes participation in a Portuguese Cup match moved us all to tears in our imaginations.

    • didn’t see this game, but saw his sub appearance against eibar. he looked a bit out of his depth, and was partially at fault for eibar’s equalizing goal. glad to hear this one went better.

  2. Seems like a big week of breakthroughs for young americans: 1) Shaq at Levante started his first game, 2) McKennie doing extremely well for Schalke (now #2 in the Bundesliga) and earning his first man of the match honors from a couple of websites, 3) Timothy Weah getting praise from his coach who said he has the skills to be a first-teamer at PSG next season, 4) and Keaton Parks getting to play his first game for Benfica, albeit in a league cup game. The potential upside for the US National team has never been better. Throw in Christian Pulisic and Jonathan Perez and there are a lot of Americans with tremendous potential who are getting recognition from good teams right now.


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