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- DOB May 12, 1990
- Age 23
- Place of birth Berlin, Germany
- POSITION Defender
- HEIGHT 6'0"
- WEIGHT 163
- U.S. CAPS 1
- CLUB Hertha Berlin
- ASN 100 Rank 74
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 73
- Youth Experience U-23
Alfredo Morales represents one vision of the future of U.S. Soccer. The German-born talent has Peruvian parents, skills honed in Europe, and impressive potential. He is good on the ball and can play right back, center back, or in the midfield. Jurgen Klinsmann is a fan of the 6-foot player, and at 21, Morales could be nearing his debut for the senior national team.
Morales grew up playing in Berlin, playing for multiple youth teams before joining Hertha BSC in 2000. He progressed through the academy as a defensive specialist—playing right and center back as well as defensive and right-sided midfielder—and became a fixture on the reserves in 2008, the same year the United States U-20s came calling. Morales appeared in the 2009 Cape Verde Tournament for the Stars and Stripes.
The year 2011 saw the growing talent earn his first Bundesliga minutes and secure a spot on the senior national team. Although he missed out on Olympic qualifying, Morales joined Klinsmann's squad prior to friendlies against France and Slovenia, and the coach called him in before the "five-team tournament" in May 2012. The youngster was cut before the games began, but Morales has a bright future with the American squad. He's too good, too versatile, and too skilled not to play, especially if he wins a starting spot with his club.—NOAH DAVIS
Klinsmann on Morales:
"We are excited to introduce Alfredo Morales to the U.S. team. I have spoken with his coach at Hertha Berlin and he is full of compliments. He is on the way to being a starter there, and he can play as either a No. 6 or as a right back." (November 2011)
Noteworthy ReadsAlfredo Morales: 7 Things You Should Know (The Denim Kit)
When in Germany, Part 2 (NYTimes.com)