Jason Moore will leave Virginia to
enter the Major League Soccer draft.
December 16, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sophomore midfielder Jason Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga. / Parkview) announced his intentions to leave the University of Virginia for Major League Soccer's draft here Wednesday.
"Again we're losing one of the best young talents in the country," UVa head coach George Gelnovatch said. "Jason has a great opportunity to become a really great player on the professional level. I think we provided him with an environment in which he could grow as a person and as a student athlete.
"Now it's time for him to take the next step into the world of professional soccer. We'll miss him, but we'll continue to bring in great soccer players."
Moore finished second on the team this season with seven assists and culminated his career with 16 assists. Known for his ability to control the ball in the midfield and run the offense, Moore had three game-winning assists this fall and seven game-winners in his two years in a Cavalier uniform.
"I feel this is in my best interests," Moore said. "This is a chance I don't want to pass up. It's always been a dream of mine to play professionally."
Moore will join 18 other former Cavaliers in the MLS. Last season, three UVa players were selected by MLS teams.
"It was a short stay here, but I can't complain," Moore said of his career in a Wahoo uniform. "We played in the championship game last year and came close this season. I came to Virginia to get better as a player and to have a chance at a national title, and both of those things were accomplished.
"Everything from the coaching staff to the facilities at Virginia is simply the best in the nation," Moore added. "Playing college soccer at UVa is about as close as you can come to playing for a professional club team in Europe. We didn't win a championship, but I had a great time playing there."
Cavalier Football: Virginia Tech PostscriptFootball11/29/15Virginia's sixth season under head coach Mike London ended Saturday with a 23-20 loss to Virginia Tech at Scott Stadium.End Comes Too Soon for 'HoosWomen's Soccer11/28/15In women's soccer, Virginia finished with a 19-1-13 after falling in the NCAA quarterfinals to Rutgers in a penalty-kick shootout Friday at Klöckner Stadium.Stage Set for Season FinaleFootball11/27/15At noon Saturday, in the rivals' annual clash for the Commonwealth Cup, Virginia (4-7, 3-4) meets Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4) at Scott Stadium.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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