[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN]The Vancouver Whitecaps signed Chilean playmaker Pedro Morales on a free transfer from Spanish club Malaga and signed him to a Designated Player contract.
Morales, 28, joins Uruguayans Sebastian Fernandez and Nicolas Mezquida as new players in attack for the 'Caps, who lost 2012 MLS leading scorer Camilo to Mexican club Queretaro in a controversial and -- for Camilo -- ill-fated transfer. (Queretaro's future is in doubt as Mexican authorities investigate its owner's business affairs.)
Morales, who played 15 games for Malaga this season in La Liga, is the second DP signing by the 'Caps in recent week. He should team up with Argentine Matias Laba, acquired via trade from Toronto, in midfield. The contract of Vancouver's third DP, Scotsman Kenny Miller, expires in June.
“Pedro is an exciting attacking player and we are thrilled to have him join our club,” Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said in a statement. “He is a natural No. 10 who will bring a creative flare to our attack and is someone the supporters will enjoy watching.
2014 SuperDraft Pick Signings:
1 Philadelphia:GK Andre Blake (Connecticut).
2 D.C. United:D Steve Birnbaum (California).
3 Vancouver:D Christian Dean (California).
5 Montreal:D Eric Miller (Creighton).
8 Seattle:D Damion Lowe (Hartford).
12 Colorado:M Marlon Hairston (Louisville).
16 Houston:A.J. Cochran (Wisconsin).
17 Portland:Schillo Tshuma (Maryland).
4 New England:F Steve Neumann (Georgetown).
11 New England: F Patrick Mullins (Maryland).
6 FC Dallas:F Tesho Akindele (Colorado School of Mines).
7 Vancouver:M Andre Lewis (Portmore United).
9 San Jose:M J.J. Koval (Stanford).
13 Chicago: D Marco Franco (UC Irvine).
14 Columbus: D Ben Sweat (USF).
15 Philadelphia:M Pedro Ribeiro (Coastal Carolina).
19 Colorado:D Grant Van De Casteele (Notre Dame).
20 Chivas USA: D Thomas McNamara (Clemson)
21 Seattle:D Jimmy Ockford (Louisville), loaned to the New York Cosmos.
26 Portland:D Taylor Peay (Portland).
31 New England: M Alec Sundly (California).
33 Colorado:M Jared Watts (Wake Forest).
34 Houston:F Mark Sherrod (Memphis).
35 Colorado:GK John Berner (SIU-Edwardsville).
36 Portland:M Aaron Long (UC Irvine).
39 Portland:M George Fochive (Connecticut).
42 Columbus:M Fifi Baiden (UC Santa Barbara).
43 FC Dallas: D Nick Walker (Farleigh Dickinson).
44 Philadelphia:D Richard Marquez (Redlands).
45 Columbus: F/M Adam James Bedell (Detroit-Mercy).
54 Houston:GK Michael Lisch (New Mexico).
57 Sporting KC:M Alex Martinez, N.C. State