- U.S. National Team: MNT
- Position: Forward
- Hall Of Fame Category: Player
Throughout his career, Joe-Max Moore was fabled as one of the MNT’s fiercest competitors and was a key piece for USA’s attack for more than 10 years. Moore was one of the most dangerous attackers the U.S. has seen, but what Moore brought as an attacking threat, he doubled in consistency by scoring a goal in nine consecutive campaigns from 1993-2001.
Moore made the debut of his magnificent Men’s National Team career in 1992 after being recognized as a unanimous All-American selection for a second time at UCLA and participating with the U-23s at the ’92 Olympics. Moore was the Bruins’ leading scorer in his final collegiate season, a trait that stayed with him during his decade-long career playing for his country.
As a forward and midfielder who played for three U.S. World Cup teams, Moore enters the Hall of Fame in his second to last year of eligibility on the player ballot. Moore made 100 appearances for the Men’s National Team over the next decade, including three FIFA World Cups and his 24 goals rank fifth all-time in MNT history. He also spent six seasons in Major League Soccer – all with the New England Revolution – scoring 53 goals.
Moore scored plenty of big goals in big games for his country throughout his career, however, none bigger than his final two tallies. On Oct. 7, 2001, in Foxboro, Mass. Moore scored both goals in the crucial 2-1 victory against Jamaica that clinched a spot in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, spearheading the USA’s best World Cup run in history the following year.
Moore didn’t only find success at the club level playing state side; the high powered forward also found the back of the net plenty of times among top flight European competition. Moore spent his first season abroad with German Second Division side FC Saarbrücken, playing in 25 games and scoring a team-high 13 goals. FC Nuremberg purchased Moore’s contract for the following year, where the American again led his club in scoring with eight goals in his 27 appearances.
His success in the German second division and in the early years of MLS was good enough to land Moore a contract with Everton of the English Premier League. Moore scored eight goals in his 52 appearances during his career in England from 1999-2002, before returning home to finish his career with New England for the 2003-04 seasons.