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Alfredo Morales signs with FC Ingolstadt
   May 17, 2013 (4:54 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Hertha Berlin will be playing in the Bundesliga next season after winning promotion this year, but Alfredo Morales will not be with the club.  Morales signed a two-year deal with FC Ingolstadt today.

“Ingolstadt is a young, up-and-coming club with great potential,” Morales, who joined Hertha at age 10, told the club website after the deal was announced on Friday. “It was time for me to make a new step, I felt it in my gut. I want to do my part to help FCI continue moving forward.”

The move to Ingolstadt means the 23-year-old will stay in the 2. Bundesliga and will likely get a shot at more playing time.  Morales appeared in 23 first-team matches with Hertha Berlin across all competitions over the last three seasons, including 10 games in 2012-13.

Ingolstadt currently sit in 11th place in the 18-team 2. Bundesliga this season with one game remaining.  Fellow Americans Edson Buddle and Amaechi Igwe have played at the club in prior seasons.

Wikipedia fun fact:  The club nickname Die Schanzer has a military background, meaning trenchmen or rampartmen.

While we are talking about Americans signing in Germany, Steve Cherundolo signed a one-year extension with Hannover 96 as expected.

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2 Responses to “Alfredo Morales signs with FC Ingolstadt”

  1. David says:

    Happy for Dolo, he deserved the extension, and if he can still face the rigors of senior level soccer why not at Hannover. Congrats to him.

    Alfredo, I’m on the fence. Certainly another year in 2.Bundesliga is good for his overall growth, but he has been with Hertha a long time and should be seasoned enough to make the jump to Bundesliga. 23 is a good age to test yourself. Old enough to have the discipline for that level, young enough to try it again if he fails. Still overall a good move, as Matt says he will probably get the play time, and will only get better with that.

  2. Gregory says:

    2 Bundesliga is a good league and a nice move for Morales. Of course starting for Hertha would be better but the 2nd Bundesliga gets no love just like the Championship.

    Wooten and Brooks were the only American eligible players to get starter minutes in the 2 Bundesliga last year. The Championship and 2 Bundesliga are a level above all Norwegian leagues.

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