The 2015 MLS season gets underway in around about a months time where D.C. United and Seattle Sounders will be hoping to retain their separate titles whilst the likes of LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew, New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps will all be in pursuit of the MLS Cup.
If Carl Robinson's Whitecaps side are looking to claim any spot towards the peak of the Western Conference in 2015, then all eyes will be on key player, Pedro Morales, whose vital goals steered the Canadian side towards play-off credentials last season.
Ten goals in 30 games from Morales wasn't quite enough to push the Caps into the top three, but after fully settling in subsequent to a move from Malaga in 2014, the Chilean will be looking to enclose the gap between his goal to game ratio.
Whilst this guy seems to have mastered every skill in the book, he won't just be relying on his own graceful ballwork magic, but will also be hoping for a helping hand from his sidemen, Kekuta Manneh, Erik Hurtado and Darren Mattocks; a front-line strong enough to strike fear into the eyes of even the biggest of teams in America.
Vancouver's number 77 is well known for his deceiving eye when stepping up to take a free kick or penalty. Whilst he may be looking towards the back post, he sneakily curves the ball in the direction of the inside bottom corner; an asset of his game that fools every goalkeeper standing in his way.
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Not only is Morales known for his free-kick trickery, but also for his lightening quick speed and his deadly long-shots. Too often were defenders left for dead in the trail of the 29-year-old last year, not to mention the amount of times goalkeepers had to watch in paralysis and awe as the ball flew into the back of their net.
Challenging for the player of the year award is something that will certainly be on Pedro Morales' blueprint for the 2015 season, but he will have to face tough opposition from Obafemi Martins, Clint Dempsey, Robbie Keane, Diego Valeri, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Toronto's promising close season signing, Sebastian Giovinco.
After watching the attacking midfielder on numerous occasions recently, I have every faith that he can push for a player of the year award. It won't come easy for him, but with his amazing, awe-inspiring talent, he can certainly stake a huge claim for the trophy.
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