FC Dallas has entered into the free agency market in Major League Soccer with a big splash today as they sign former Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales.
Morales left RSL following the 2016 season to become a free agent in the league’s free agent set up. Morales had been a key player in the RSL system, guiding them to a MLS Cup title in 2010 and a CONCACAF Champions League runner-up in 2011.
Morales played 10 seasons in Salt Lake, appearing in 240 games (starting 219 of them). He scored 49 goals in those 10 seasons and added in 81 assists. 2016 was a down year in terms of production for Morales as he only scored four goals and four assists.
The veteran does pick up injuries from time to time but he has played at least 26 games every season since his ankle and foot injury back in 2011 that kept him out for four and a half months.
The consensus thought behind this move for FC Dallas is to have Morales replace the injured Mauro Diaz in the lineup for the few first months of the season while he recovers from a torn Achilles.
Last season Morales had a pretty hefty contract in Salt Lake, making a DP-like salary. It will be interesting to see why kind of pay cut Morales agreed to to join Dallas.
What do you make of this addition? Excited to see FCD get a known guy from within MLS like this?