Pedro Morales (footballer)

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Pedro Morales
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Morales playing for Dinamo Zagreb
Personal information
Full name Pedro Andrés Morales Flores
Date of birth (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Hualpén, Chile
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 77
Youth career
Huachipato
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Huachipato 88 (15)
2007–2008 Universidad de Chile 40 (15)
2008–2013 Dinamo Zagreb 60 (24)
2012 U. de Chile (loan) 17 (1)
2013 Málaga (loan) 7 (3)
2013–2014 Málaga 15 (1)
2014– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 12 (6)
National team
2008– Chile 11 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2010

Pedro Andrés Morales Flores (born 25 May 1985) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer, as an attacking midfielder.

He began his professional career with Huachipato. He first represented Chile in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he helped Chile qualify to the U-20 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Club career[edit]

Morales began his career with Huachipato in 2004, quickly developing into an important player for the club. His outstanding performance in the U-20 World Cup helped Morales make the switch from Huachipato to Universidad de Chile, one of Chile's oldest and most popular clubs. He made his debut in the summer of 2007, right before the Chilean Clausura tournament. His presence, quick feet and leadership skills allowed him to regularly play alongside Chile's top national team scorer, ex Juventus and Lazio center forward, Marcelo Salas. Morales finished the 5-month tournament as the second top scorer in the league, with 13 goals.

Morales signed a five-year contract with GNK Dinamo Zagreb on 11 June 2008.[1] After a first season of average performances, in his second season with Croatian club he soon established himself as one of Dinamo's main players. During his time at Dinamo he helped the club to three straight league titles.

After disappointing performances and injury problems, Dinamo loaned Pedro Morales to Universidad de Chile. He regained his best form in Chile helping Universidad in capturing the 2012 Apertura and that led him to another loan, this time back to Europe where he joined Málaga CF.[2] On 11 June 2013, he signed a two-year contract with Málaga [3]

On 28 February 2014 Morales was acquired by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer.[4]

International career[edit]

In January 2008, Morales was called up to the Chilean national team by the world-renown and former Argentina coach, Marcelo Bielsa. The tour consisted of 2 friendlies where Chile beat the South Korean national team 1–0 in Seoul and tied the Japanese national team 0–0 in Nissan Stadium, widely known for having hosted the 2002 World Cup final. Morales's outstanding performances allowed him to play the full 90 minutes in both encounters, giving Bielsa a nearly perfect first impression. A month later, Morales was called up to represent Chile in the prestigious 8-team, U23 Toulon tournament in France. It was there where he really "stepped up his game". He was chosen the 2nd best player of the tournament and scored what was voted as the tournament's best goal, thanks to a mind-boggling strike from the behind the half in a semifinal against Cote d'Ivoire. Morales's size, technique, goals, and assists allowed Chile to make it to the final where they conceded a 1–0 loss to Italy, in a highly-contested encounter where Morales was able to rid himself of all nearby defenders and shoot a 25-yard rocket that hit the Italian post in the dying minutes of the game. In June 2008, Morales's immense skill allowed him to participate in two extremely important 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa qualifying games against Bolivia and Venezuela. He went on to start in Chile's historical 2–0 win against Bolivia National Team. (The game was played 3600 meters above sea level in La Paz, in what is the highest stadium in the planet). Yet, the altitude factor was not an issue for Morales who was able to fire a 40-yard shot that bounced off the top corner of the right post, resulting in the game's opening goal. Additionally, Morales had an active participation in the 3–2 away win against Venezuela National Team, an entertaining game where he also started. These wins helped Chile climb to a respectable 2nd place position in the qualifying table, one point below 5-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil national football team. He has not been called up since.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 May 2010 Tierra de Campeones, Iquique, Chile  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 9 October 2010 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 0–2 0–2 Friendly
3. 12 October 2010 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman  Oman 0–1 0–1 Friendly

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Morales signs for Dinamo Zagreb
  2. ^ OFICIAL: El Málaga ficha al chileno Pedro Morales.. todomercadoweb.es. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. ^ Morales es el primero. LaOpiniondeMálaga.es (Spanish)
  4. ^ Ya es oficial la salida de Pedro Morales del Málaga.. marca.com. Retrieved 5 March 2014.

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