Soccer News: Chivas USA Sign English Premier League Veteran Luke Moore
Former Aston Villa and Swansea striker joins the Red-and-White for 2014
On Monday, February 24, Chivas USA announced the signing of English Premier League (EPL) veteran Luke Moore. The striker joins the Red-and-White from Turkey’s Super League side Sanica Boru Elazığspor. The 28-year-old will be eligible to play in the Goats’ 2014 Major League Soccer (MLS) Regular Season upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. Per club and League policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
A product of the Aston Villa F.C.’s Youth Academy, where he played alongside his older brother and former Queens Park Rangers forward, Stefan, the younger Moore spent the bulk of his young professional career with Villa in the EPL. He also enjoyed stays as a member of West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City A.F.C.
“Moore is a very talented player who has proven his scoring ability at the international level by playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world,” described Chivas USA Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He’s going to be a very important addition to our team in terms of competition, depth, and possibilities up front to create scoring opportunities and goals.”
Making his pro debut with the Villans in 2005, the striker notched his first tally in a 2-0 win over Middleborough on March 5. Moore went on to record 27 goals while competing in England’s top division league.
In January 2011, Moore took his talents to Wales to join Swansea City, and immediately became instrumental to Brendan Rodgers’ squad by guiding them to a third-place finish and qualification for the Playoffs. Playing under the current Liverpool F.C. Head Coach, the Swans went on to beat Reading 4-2 in an unforgettable final at Wembley Stadium. The victory also earned Moore and his team a heralded promotion to the EPL, as they became the first Welsh team to play in the Premier League in 20 years.
On Feb. 24, 2013, Moore and the Swans’ celebrated run continued, as they won their first major English trophy by defeating Bradford City, 5-0, for the Football League Cup and with it, a qualification to the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League.
After his sensational run with Swansea, Moore served a brief stint in Turkey prior to making the jump to MLS with Chivas USA. The English striker will look to make his league debut for the Rojiblancos in their season opener on March 9 when they host the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center beginning at noon (PT).
Transaction: Chivas USA sign English forward Luke Moore via discovery.
Full Name: Luke Moore
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Height: 5’ 9”
Last Team: Sanica Boru Elazığspor (Turkey’s Super League)
Acquired: Via discovery, international roster
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