FRISCO – Fits don’t get more perfect than FC Dallas and Javier Morales in 2017.
On one side of the new marriage announced earlier this week is a veteran No. 10 unceremoniously ushered out from his second home in Utah – where he spent 10 seasons and the entirety of his MLS career – who finds himself part of the second-ever class of free agency in North America’s top league.
On the other side of the alter, the best club over the course of the last three seasons fresh off a two-trophy season, but with a gaping hole in the midfield with their own No. 10 sidelined for the first part of the season.
“I think the best option for me from day one was Dallas – one of the best teams in MLS the last couple of years,” Morales said this week by phone from South America, where he’s enjoying his offseason with family and friends. “To be honest, it’s a perfect situation. I’m a smart guy, I know why this happened and unfortunately Mauro is hurt, but I’m going to do my best to help the team while he is going to be out.”
The soon-to-be 37-year-old played in 240 games with Real Salt Lake with 29 goals and 38 assists over the last four years and 20 games of experience in CONCACAF Champions League play. He won an MLS Cup in 2010 and scored a crucial goal in RSL’s CCL Finals appearance in 2011 – both feats that Dallas hopes to match in 2017.
As he turns a new page on his career, Morales is eager to prove he still has the skills to contribute on the field, but he also sees a valuable role off-the-field with such a young Dallas roster.
“I’m going to try and help the team [however I can]. Sometimes that will be on the field and sometimes it’s going to be talking with the guys and trying to do the same as I did in Salt Lake, helping my teammates with my experience,” he said. “I want to work hard to help the team in the beginning with CONCACAF [Champions League], in MLS and everything.”
He won’t have to wait long to showcase his impact on the Dallas roster, as the club’s CCL Quarterfinal series against Arabe Unido begins in less than two months and preseason set to start January 23.
But for now, he’s spending his honeymoon and the holidays with family and friends, but he’s eager to get started on his new journey very soon.
“I’m so excited and I’m happy. I played for RSL for a long time and now I have the opportunity to play for another team in MLS who are playing so well,” he said. “I’m excited to play with the guys, adapt to the system and the coaches and I can’t wait [to get started].”