Alfredo Morales: We're Not Underdogs
Alfredo Morales has done his talking. The U.S. International is ready to play.
The 31-year-old is a new face at New York City FC after signing for the Club earlier this year, calling time on a thirteen-year association with German football. Along the way he sampled life in the country's top two divisions, facing off against some of the world's best players.
As the start of 2021 approached, however, Morales was ready for a new challenge, and that's when an opportunity in MLS presented itself.
Now he is preparing for his first-ever Eastern Conference semifinal against New England Revolution on Tuesday night. This is all a new experience to the man that was born in Berlin but who represented the United States Men's National Team internationally.
It is one he is embracing, however, and using his past to guide him through. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Morales is one of the team's most experienced players. That was undoubtedly one of the factors that appealed to NYCFC when acquiring his services - giving them a leader in the engine room.
"I mean, this is what I what I did my whole life to, to lead to help my teammates to support and to spread positivity," Morales said. "I'm experienced now I don't think I look very old. I feel very good. I feel young, in my head and physically. This is what I want to bring to the table I want to help everybody and I want to be successful. We have to work together, and this is what I want to do, I want to help us work together as perfect as possible. If we do this, like I said, we have a great team and we can go very far this year."
Standing in NYCFC's way is New England. Bruce Arena's not only won the 2021 Supporters' Shield but also set a points record in doing so. A trip north to Foxoborough, Massachusetts is by no means an easy test. If the Boys in Blue are searching for positives, they can remind themselves of how close their encounters with the Revs have been. A 3-2 and 2-1 loss were punctuated by a 2-0 victory at Yankee Stadium.
In short, the pair have run each other close in 2021 and Morales believes that points to a shared level of quality between the two.
"I have a lot of respect for them," he said. "They played a tremendous season. But I mean, maybe everybody will say they're the favorites, but I think we're at least on the same level. And this is how I approach the game. We go there to win and I don't really care who we play. We want to win.
"We want to show how we play and we're on a very good stretch. We have very good games in the past couple of weeks. And we want to continue we want to go all the way so it's just about executing our game plan, bringing our potential on the pitch and we know we can beat anybody. It doesn't matter if they set any records or whatever we can win this game. That's what's important."
You can watch the clash against New England Revolution tonight live on FS1 at 7:30PM EST.
• Discuss this story on the Major League Soccer message board...
Major League Soccer Stories from November 30, 2021
- MLS to Crown Eastern and Western Conference Champions this Weekend - MLS
- NYCFC Wins 5-4 on PKs - New York City FC
- Houston Dynamo FC Exercise 2022 Contract Options on Seven Players - Houston Dynamo FC
- Eric Krakauer on Becoming the Voice of Charlotte FC - Charlotte FC
- FC Dallas Announces Roster Decisions for 2022 Season - FC Dallas
- Inter Miami to Host Art Battle Contest Presented by Heineken - Inter Miami CF
- CF Montréal Exercises Options for 12 Players - Club de Foot Montreal
- Rapids' Semifinal Match with Portland Breaks FOX Viewership Record - Colorado Rapids
- Sporting KC Announces Roster Moves for 2022 Season - Sporting Kansas City
- Inter Miami CF Hosts Second Edition of the Copa de la Familia Presented by Wendy's - Inter Miami CF
- Offseason Check-In with Chris Albright - FC Cincinnati
- Whitecaps FC Commit to Friendly in the Fraser Valley in the New Year - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Santiago Sosa Undergoes Successful Sports Hernia Surgery - Atlanta United FC
- Red Bull Arena Named 2021 Professional Soccer Field of the Year - New York Red Bulls
- Alfredo Morales: We're Not Underdogs - New York City FC
- Academy U-13 and U-14 Teams Win 2021 Copa Rayados International Titles - Inter Miami CF
- Minnesota United Signs New Contract for Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair - Minnesota United FC
- Nashville SC Signs Partnership with Transcard, Including Transcard Terrace at Nashville SC Stadium - Nashville SC
- Austin FC Announce Roster Decisions Ahead of 2022 Season - Austin FC
- Whitecaps FC Name Vanni Sartini First Team Head Coach - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Justin Morrow Named MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year - MLS
- Justin Morrow Named 2021 MLS Works Humanitarian of the Year - Toronto FC
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.