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Highland Park alumnus Francesco Moore squares up his opponent in a college match with Indiana University. Moore was drafted in January by the Portland Timbers of the MLS. (Photos submitted by
Highland Park native Francesco Moore holds up the Big Ten Tournament trophy during his senior year with Indiana University when he was named First Team All-Big Ten.
Joe Coughlin, Publisher
4:40 am CST February 18, 2019

The biggest moment of his young life was about to unfold, and wouldn’t you know it, Francesco Moore was in the weight room. 

Starting Jan. 11 in Chicago, Major League Soccer teams one by one selected amateur athletes to their rosters, and Moore, a Highland Park native ranked by as a top-50 prospect, was a good bet to be chosen. 

But instead of getting ready to celebrate, Moore did what he knows best.