Shaq Moore's Spanish roller-coaster ride continues

Shaq Moore's roller-coaster ride in the precarious world of Spanish pro soccer's lower divisions continued with his departure from financially troubled second-tier club Reus.

But instead of returning to La Liga's Levante, for which he played in 2017-18, he is headed to Atletico Levante, Levante's farm team in the third-tier Segunda División B, where he spent his first two seasons in Spain.

In December, Moore and his teammates at Reus took their protest over unpaid salaries for the three previous months to the field, huddling at the start of a match at Alcorcon. Moore and four other players have since rescinded their contracts with Reus, leaving it with only 13 pro players for the start of training after the holiday break on Wednesday.

Two other players filed a complaint with Spanish authorities about their unpaid back pay. If they aren't paid by next Tuesday, they will be declared free agents and leave Reus with only 11 pro players. Spanish federation rules require pro clubs to field at least seven pros at all times.

Reus sits in in the relegation zone -- in a three-way tie for 19th place in the 22-team Segunda División -- but is handcuffed because it is banned from bringing in new players during the January transfer window. That backdrop -- a likely drop to the Segunda División B next season -- has complicated efforts by majority owner Joan Oliver to find a new owner.

This is the second time Moore has left a Spanish club because of its financial problems. He moved to Spain in 2015 after captaining the USA at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, but had to leave his first club, Huracan Valencia, after it stopped paying its players.

Moore spent the 2016-17 season at Atletico Levante, making 27 appearances. In 2017-18, he make his La Liga debut, playing six games (five starts). That led to his call-up to the U.S. national team in June 2018. He played five games and made three starts, twice at right back and once at left back
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