The Vancouver Whitecaps have confirmed what we reported on November 23rd, declining the option on captain Pedro Morales’ contract for the 2017 season.
“Since the day Pedro joined our club he has been an excellent professional and one of the most naturally gifted players I have ever coached,” said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. “We are thankful for his contributions to the club and city, and wish him all the best.”
“I’d like to give thanks on behalf of my family and I for these three amazing years, which without a doubt have made an impact on my life as a person and my career as a football player,” Morales wrote in an open letter on Whitecaps official website. “I have finished my time as a Whitecaps FC player and I’m truly grateful and honoured for the opportunity I had to be a part of this amazing club. I hope to remain in the memory of those who knew my football skills but more so to those who knew me as a person. Along with my family, all I can say is that we were happy here in Vancouver and we want to wish the club much success in the new season.”
The Chilean midfielder first joined the Whitecaps in 2014, coming over from Málaga CF in La Liga (Spain). The 31-year-old ends his tenure with the ‘Caps as the franchise’s all-time MLS regular season assist leader (22), and second in goals (25). In three seasons, Morales started 71 of 86 of his appearances, including three playoff matches.
The Maestro was the second captain in Whitecaps FC history, taking over from Jay DeMerit midway through the 2014 season.
Per MLS roster rules and regulations, Morales will be eligible for the MLS re-entry process unless he opts out or is traded. Stage 1 of the re-entry draft will occur on December 16; stage 2 is set for December 22.
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) December 7, 2016