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Shaq Moore looking at potential loan move to Spanish second division


U.S. Men’s National Team right back Shaq Moore played in eight matches with Levante last year, and it seems he’s looking to temporarily leave the club in order to get more playing time.

The 21-year-old Moore made five starts and played 425 total minutes in La Liga action last year. He didn’t score or provide any assists in that brief time. He often sat behind Ivan Lopez, Pedro Lopez, and Coke, who were all preferred options at right back.

Reports out of Spain state there are second-division clubs interested in a loan move for Moore, who is one of a handful of players that Levante are looking to get rid of for this season.

CF Reus Deportivo is reportedly interested in his services and Levante are still hopeful that Moore can produce in the future. They feel a loan move to the second division could be the best thing for his development going forward.

Moore made his USMNT debut on June 2 against Ireland when he came on as a 70th minute substitute. He also stared and played 74 minutes against France a week later.


  1. If he goes on loan, it will be ONLY to a Spanish 2nd division. Why? Anywhere else and the coaches who keep track of loaned players have to spend more time money to go and evaluate him. Most Spanish La Liga clubs do not like to get reports 2nd hand, from the media or other sources, the want their own coaches to evaluate a players progress. Spain is not a huge country, its only slightly larger than California, but if the coaches had to travel to another country and for a player they do not even know they will carry, the teams budget for that would be emptied pretty quickly. Instead the coaches will hop in a car and drive a few hours every few weeks or for important games and decide.

  2. Sure. Long as he plays.

    I dunno if playing in the Spanish second division is better than MLS – I actually suspect it’s quite the opposite – but what is better is the fact that he’s got a path back to La Liga while still playing, and the Spanish are certainly not going to be short shrift on the technical training, which is really what he needs. Dude has plenty of raw athleticism, now let’s see the touch and ability to play and pass in small areas, and you’ll DEFINITELY get that in Spain.

    As long as you play.

    • As a Dynamo fan I will note that we’ve had in 3 Spanish second division players and two lasted weeks and the third only lasted a season. However, this is someone only getting started in their career, and I think people overrate league quality versus just plain playing time for players in their 20s. I want good players in foreign youth systems in their teens, but then actually playing somewhere in their 20s. Moore looked interesting in the friendlies and probably would only benefit from more playing time.


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