BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, May 17, 2013
After playing most of his life with Hertha Berlin, US national team midfielder Alfredo Morales will join Ingolstadt in the 2.Bundesliga.
Morales, 23, has been with Hertha Berlin organization since the age of 10 after joining in 2000. That changed today as the defensive midfielder agreed to a two year contract with Ingolstadt. He was currently in the last year of his contract with Hertha Berlin.
"Morales [deal] is official now," Ingoldstadt press officer Oliver Samwald confirmed to YA on Friday in an e-mail.
While struggling for minutes with Hertha for most of the first half of the season, Morales has gradually seen an increased role in the second half. So far he has nine appearances in the 2.Bundesliga with six starts. Last weekend he scored his first professional goal in a 2-1 win over FC Cologne. Hertha Berlin have lead the 2.Bundesliga most of the season and clinched promotion last month.
Morales was born in Germany and is the son of an American serviceman father and a German mother. He also holds Peruvian citizenship through his father as well.
In the past Peru's federation expressed hope that Morales would represent Peru internationally. Such speculation had quieted as Morales has represented the US U-U20, U-23 teams in the past. While not cap-tied, Morales made his debut with the US national team in a January friendly in a 0-0 draw with Canada.