Shaq Moore, the United States under-20 international who hails from Powder Springs, has signed with Spanish second-division club Real Oviedo. The club announced the deal Thursday and will assign Moore to its B team.
Moore previously played for Huracán Valencia in Spain's third division, signing last offseason, and the employment situation was less than ideal. Moore and his teammates routinely went months without pay from Huracán, which was founded in 2011. The 19-year-old Georgia native recently told Spanish publication Marca he's already seen the ugly side of the sport at a young age.
"It's hard to be an American playing in Europe, and this mess complicated things more," Moore said. "It's not what I expected and it is a shame that happens at a big club like Huracán Valencia. But this exposes me to what can happen in the football business, and that will help me in the future if I go again."
Real Oviedo boasts 90 years of history, so perhaps Moore's paychecks will be a little more consistent at his new club.
The right back spent time in his youth career at the IMG Academy and FC Dallas, and he made six appearances for Huracán this season before moving on to Oviedo. He's been capped a total of 49 times for the U.S. under-17, 18, and 20 teams.