A creative playmaker with a wealth of experience, midfielder Mauro Rosales joins Whitecaps FC after spending the first half of the 2014 season with Chivas USA. Prior to joining Chivas, Rosales spent his first three seasons in MLS with Seattle Sounders FC, where he recorded 12 goals and 34 assists in 86 matches. Before coming to North America, the 5-foot-8 South American played for Argentina powerhouses Club Atletico River Plate (2007-10) and Newell’s Old Boys (1999-2004), as well as top-flight Dutch side AFC Ajax (2004-07).
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2014: Prior to coming to Vancouver, Rosales recorded eight starts with the Los Angeles, California-based club while starting 16 of his 21 appearances. 2013: During his third season in MLS, Morales played in a career high 33 matches, making 26 starts while scoring four goals and recording eight assists. In the playoffs, the midfielder made two substitute appearances in the Western Conference finals against Portland Timbers. 2012: The Argentine tied his career high with 13 assists in the regular season, adding three goals while starting 25 of his 27 appearances. The experienced midfielder made two appearances during the 2012 MLS Cup playoffs. 2011: Named MLS Newcomer of the year during his first season in the league. Scored a career high five goals while finishing third in MLS with 13 assists.
2007-2010: Played four seasons for powerhouse Club Atletico River Plate. 1999-2004: Began his professional career with top Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys.
2004-2007: Spent four seasons with prestigious Dutch club AFC Ajax.
At the international level, Rosales was a part of Argentina's U-20 national team that won the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and the U-23 side that won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.