- Johnny Esfeller
IMG Academy student-athletes, U.S. U-18 teammates Tyler Turner and Shaquelle Moore earn pro soccer opportunities
Two IMG Academy student-athletes, Tyler Turner and Shaquelle Moore, have recently earned opportunities with professional soccer clubs. In February, Orlando City SC signed Turner to a 2014 USL PRO contract and a 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) contract, making him the youngest player on the team. In late March, Moore was invited to train with Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas.
“Our goal at IMG Academy is to maximize every student-athletes’s potential and do everything possible to prepare them mentally and physically for success at the next level,” remarked Scott Dean, Director of Soccer, IMG Academy. “Tyler and Shaq possess the competitive drive, ambition and a solid fundamental foundation they honed at IMG Academy to be as good as they want to be. We can’t wait to see to how far they take their respective careers.”
Turner, a native of Meriden, Conn., was ranked the No. 2 defender in the nation for the class of 2014, while Moore, a native of Powder Springs, Ga., was regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect for the class of 2015, according to Top Drawer Soccer. Shortly after enrolling at IMG Academy, Turner and Moore were called up to the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team, traveling with the team to play in tournaments in Limoges, France in Oct. 2013, and the Canary Islands, Spain in February 2014. Prior to enrolling at IMG Academy, Turner and Moore were members of U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency program based at IMG Academy.
IMG Academy has a storied history of developing elite players at the collegiate and professional levels. IMG Academy and/or U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program alumni and trainees include the likes of Michael Parkhurst (U.S. Men’s National Team/Columbus Crew), Eddie Johnson (U.S. Men’s National Team/D.C. United), Aron Jóhannsson (U.S. Men’s National Team/AZ Alkmaar- Iceland); Michael Bradley (U.S. Men’s National Team/Toronto FC); Landon Donovan (U.S. Men’s National Team/LA Galaxy) and Jozy Altidore (U.S. Men’s National Team/Sunderland - Premier League).