A technically gifted playmaker, Pedro Morales came to Vancouver in 2014 having played the previous two seasons with Spain’s La Liga side Málaga CF. The South American has won championships in Chile and Croatia, with playing experience in both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. Midway through his first MLS season, Morales was named the second captain in Whitecaps FC’s MLS history, following Jay DeMerit’s retirement.
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2014: Morales was named MLS Newcomer of the Year after finishing his first season in the league with 10 goals and 12 assists, setting a new franchise record for assists in a single season. The Chilean made his MLS debut at BC Place on March 8 in the ‘Caps season opening victory over New York Red Bulls. The attacking midfielder subbed on and played the final 25 minutes before quickly making an impact, assisting on a goal by Kenny Miller before scoring his own in a 4-1 victory.
2013-14: Before departing for Vancouver, Morales made eight starts in 15 league appearances and recorded one goal, while also starting two matches in the Copa del Rey. 2012-13: While on loan to Málaga CF in Spain from Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb, the Hualpén, Chile native made seven appearances with five starts and recorded three goals.
2011-12: Before departing for Spain, Morales made two league appearance for Zagreb in the 2011-12 season. 2010-11: The attacking midfielder captured a third straight league title with Zagreb in the Prva HNL as he started 14 of his 16 appearances while scoring three goals. Morales also participated in the Croatian Cup, making two appearances, and the Croatia Super Cup, where he made one appearance. In the UEFA Champions League, Morales started one of his two appearances, while in the Europa League he started four of six matches. 2009-10: In his second year with GNK Dinamo Zagreb, the Chilean midfielder helped Zagreb again capture the league title while starting 17 of his 21 appearances and scoring 13 goals. During the season, he also made one start in the Croatia Cup. Outside of domestic play, he started two of three matches in the UEFA Champions League, and six of seven in the Europa League. 2008-09: In his first season in Croatia, Morales helped GNK Dinamo Zagreb capture the Prva HNL league title, starting 13 of his 21 league appearances and scoring seven goals. In European play, Morales made four appearances in the UEFA Champions League, while starting four of five appearances in the UEFA Cup.
2012: Morales had a good year while on loan to Universidad de Chile from Dinamo Zagreb, winning the Apetura and Clasaura championship titles. During the season in the Chilean Primera División, the attacking midfielder started 7 of his16 appearances while scoring one goal. Universidad also won the Copa Chile, with Morales having started three of his five appearances and scoring three goals. 2008: Made 17 appearances with five starts while recording one goal with Universidad de Chile. 2007: Morales joined Universidad de Chile midseason as he started 17 of his 20 appearances and recorded 13 goals. In the first half of the season with Club Deportivo Huachipato the attacking midfielder started 10 of his 19 appearances and scored four goals. 2006: With Club Deportivo Huachipato in Chile’s Primera División, Morales made 35 appearances with 14 starts and seven goals. 2005: Morales made 27 appearances while starting in eight games and recording four goals for Club Deportivo Huachipato.
Internationally, the native of Hualpén, Chile, has represented his country 11 times, scoring three goals. Morales also played for his country at the U-23 level, notably scoring two goals at the 2008 Toulon tournament to help Chile finish as runners-up. In 2005, Morales played for his country at the U-20 level in the FIFA World Youth Championship, appearing in all four matches.