HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on March 5, 2014
Morales, 28, comes to Vancouver having played the last two seasons with Spain’s La Liga side Málaga CF. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Chilean midfielder started 13 of his 22 league appearances and scored four goals with the club from southern Spain.
Prior to making the move to La Liga, Morales played with Croatian top division club GNK Dinao Zagreb, capturing the league championship in each of his three seasons with the team. In 60 league appearances with Zagreb, Morales scored 24 goals. The South American also made nine appearances with the team in the UEFA Champions League, including a run to the group stage in the 2011-2012 season. While with Zagreb, Morales also started 15 of his 18 appearances in the UEFA Europa League, scoring two goals.
In the Primera División of his native country, Morales played five seasons, scoring 31 goals in 133 league appearances. At CD Huachipato, where he began his career in 2005, Morales made 81 appearances and scored 15 goals. During his time with Universidad de Chile, the attacking playmaker made a total of 52 appearances while scoring 16 goals.
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.