Most Whitecaps fans will admit the legacy of former team captain Pedro Morales is complicated.
The talented Chilean midfielder wowed soccer fans when he debuted for the team on the opening day of 2014 when he played a big role in the 4-1 win over the New York Red Bulls.
The second half of Morales’ three seasons with the ‘Caps will be largely be remembered for constant injuries and that he was rarely able to recapture the form that brought the fans to their feet earlier in his Vancouver career.
One thing that Morales will certainly be remembered for is the troubled relationship he had with former teammate David Ousted. The two were unable to overcome their differences and emotions finally boiled over during a heated training session last October.
Ousted was unhappy with Morales’ sulky attitude, and after chirping at the Chilean throughout the practice a brief altercation ensued.
Feisty stuff at training. Ousted tells Morales he's "checked out". Pedro squares up to Ousted. Lots of pushing and swearing. #VWFC
— AFTN (@aftncanada) October 19, 2016
“We need to show these emotions,” Ousted said after the scrap. “We need to show the fans that we’re not just here to go down with another loss.”
Since that feisty practice at UBC last fall, Morales returned to Chile to play for Colo-Colo after the Whitecaps declined exercising an option on his contract at the end of 2016.
Oddly, despite having several thousand kilometres between himself and his former teammate, Morales is apparently not quite ready to put the past behind him.
On Wednesday night while the Whitecaps were playing the Portland Timbers in a preseason match broadcasted on Facebook Live, Morales oddly took to the comments section to add his two cents to the ‘who-should-replace-Pedro-Morales-as-the-Whitecaps-captain’ discussion.
Morales’ comments provided some humour on an evening when the ‘Caps fell by a score of 2-1 in a match that also saw newcomer Yordy Reyna leave with an apparent ankle injury.
At least Morales kept his Facebook comments semi-professional by refraining from using unnecessary emojis and insults.