If you’re named the MLS Newcomer of the Year, what do you do in Year 2?
Take the case of Vancouver playmaker and Designated Player Pedro Morales, who has followed up his excellent 2014 season by again driving the attack and earning a multi-year contract extension. The new deal was announced Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed:under his previous contract his guaranteed compensation for 2015 was $1.41 million.
“Since Pedro joined our team at the beginning of last season, he has been nothing short of a top player and professional," said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson in a team statement. “Pedro is instrumental to the success of this club and a true leader for our young group of players.”
Morales, 30, joined the ‘Caps last year after playing out his contract with Spanish club Malaga. The Chilean led Vancouver in goals (10) and assists (12) to earn the honor of top newcomer. In 2015 he’s scored five goals and registered four assists in league play, and his 129 chances created ranks among the league’s top five. In Concacaf Champions League and Canadian Championship competition he’s scored twice and assisted once in three appearances combined.
“My family and I are extremely happy in Vancouver and I am fully committed to this club,” Morales said. "From Carl Robinson, to my teammates, to all the staff, and of course the fans, this is a first-class organization and I'm proud to be a part of it. I will continue to work hard to help Whitecaps FC achieve success.”
That quote is taken from an open letter written by Morales to the Vancouver fans and posted on the club’s Web site.