Pedro Morales dropped some surprising news by indicating this may be his final year as a Whitecap. You can see the article here. He says,
"I [do] not feel very good this year, I've had a lot of problems, but it doesn't matter. I try to play always, without pain, and try and play good. Sometimes you play good, you play bad.
"The most important thing now is mentally for the last seven games and try to play hard every single game for the team, for myself, and try and enjoy every game my last year here in MLS."
My last year here in MLS? That's news to all of us. In August the team announced Morales had signed a contract extension for 2016 with an option for 2017. Does Pedro see the writing on the wall because of his sub-par-for-him play this season, or is he looking for a new start somewhere else?
It is true. Morales has struggled this season and so has the team. A healthy, in form Morales is exactly what this team needs right now but he hasn't played that way since the opening five or so games of the season. Early on it looked like the Morales of 2014 had returned and his positive impact on the team was discernible, but somewhere mid season that form slowly ebbed away into the sluggish form we have seen of late. I'm not sure how to translate Morales' intention to play without pain for the rest of the season, so I will assume he means not to let the pain of his injuries/problems hamper his productivity.
I have always been a big Morales supporter, because when he is on his game he is the best player on the team, and I think could have been a top player in the league. But on that last point we may never know because he hasn't been on form for long enough to prove it. I will miss having someone of Morales' skill on the team, but this article shows he may be looking for other pastures. If that is true it is less likely that the 2014 Pedro will ever come back.