It has been a busy offseason for the Vancouver Whitecaps as the Canadian franchise is hoping to build on their seventh-place in the Western Conference obtained last season.
After the arrival of players like Matias Laba and Sebastian Fernandez – together with the drafting of elements like Christian Dean – the Whitecaps have another player who looks talented enough to make an impact at the MLS level.
According to reports, the Whitecaps have signed Chilean playmaker Pedro Morales to a Designated Player contract. The former Malaga player opted out of his deal with the Spanish side, and he will add some much-needed creativity and flair to the team’s midfield as well as a capacity to score plenty of goals from the center of the pitch.
The 28-year-old has a proven track record in some of the best European leagues. After being a star in the Chilean league and with La Roja at the youth levels, Morales signed with Dinamo Zagreb where he was the catalyst of a team that made it to the UEFA Champions League. Malaga was his next stop, and even though he didn’t perform as expected – scoring only four times in 22 games over the past two seasons – he is a talented player who should thrive at the MLS level.
Morales figures to have a place in Vancouver’s starting lineup, and he could easily make an impact together with the likes of Laba and Nigel Reo-Coker in midfield. Plenty of the Whitecaps’ aspirations for this season will lie on his shoulders, and he is expected to be a star from the first day.