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Shaq Moore’s impressive Gold Cup form is generating transfer interest and praise

Shaq Moore has been one of the breakout players for the U.S. men’s national team player at the Concacaf Gold Cup and the Tenerife defender’s impressive performances have begun attracting the attention of European clubs searching for help at right back.

The 25-year-old is coming off a strong domestic season with Tenerife in the Segunda Liga, which helped boost his stock to make Gregg Berhalter’s final Gold Cup roster this summer, and an injury to Reggie Cannon helped open the door to a starting role that Moore has taken full advantage of.

Moore has started all three group stage matches for the USMNT so far this tournament and is garnering praise from his sporting director back in Spain.

“I’m not surprised by the performance of Shaq Moore,” Tenerife sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero said in press conference. “We do not have offers but they [clubs] are asking for him. Football is for moments, he is playing the Gold Cup at a high level. We renewed it [Moore’s contract] for three seasons, it is well tied and with a high [release] clause.”

The 24-year-old’s contract with Tenerife is set to run until June 2024 and overall Moore has logged 91 appearances between the top two divisions in Spain. Moore has shown positive moments in his first competitive tournament with the senior team, scoring the game-winning goal inĀ  Sunday’s 1-0 Gold Cup victory over Canada.

While his current goals remain set on the USMNT, Moore will soon be back in Spain looking to help Tenerife gain promotion back to La Liga, unless a transfer comes together during the transfer window.

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  1. GB has run out of time but i never understood why the gang from Mexico 1-0 and France 1-1 just disappeared.

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  2. after horvath had his great game with mexico i pointed out that the people skipping GC to show up for preseason club ball might be stupid for roughly this reason. the choice appeals to certain types of snobs but one sees here where the marginal people who showed up, some of them are making a name for themselves, both in club and country terms. or you can go show up for bayern’s third camp with you, hoping they like you this time, which is like definitional crazy.

    that being said, part of GB’s job — like klinsi before him — is the players believing you are fair and that something like this is a real opportunity. a whole list of players made the (emotional, irrational) decision they didn’t want his B team opportunity. even though rationally this is a good platform for the senior team or a club transfer. says something.

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    • Kinda depends on the situation. I think Luca De la Torre made a mistake in that regard, but then there is a situation like Konrad who has already earned a pretty big move to Marseille will need the preseason to start well, earn a spot. So far he’s looked pretty bright in preseason.

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      • i kind of think someone playing well at barca B was landing well on his feet regardless. i half think it’s indulging anti american bias that euros players can get a vacation but we somehow have to show up camp day 1 or lord help us all.

      • Part of my point is that there was no need to present himself in the shop window- he’d already secured a move to a top club. Point #2: I’m sure he could have worked his way through it, but…. very young player, tough side w/ competition at his position, new manager, new system…. undoubtedly being there from day 1 has served him well and made the adjustment easier. I’d also suggest there is something in that most European players called to their national team are older, way more established than the 20 year old Konrad.

  3. Editor: just a heads up that you have his age as 25 in the 2nd para, and 24 in the 2nd to last para (Per Wiki, the latter is correct, turns 25 in November). Feel free to delete this comment after the fix.

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