|#11 Leopoldo Morales|
2012: Moráles, 22, returns to Fort Lauderdale on loan from Mexican side Tigres for his first full season with the Strikers. He switched from the number 7 to the number 11 jersey for the 2012 NASL season.
On June 16, in a match against FC Edmonton, Moráles suffered a fractured tibia and fibula. The injury rules him out of action for the rest of the season.
Prior to the season-ending injury, Moráles had been a staple in the starting lineup for the Strikers this season, featuring mostly as a right midfielder. Polo scored his first goals for the Strikers in the 7-2 thrashing of PDL side Fresno Fuego in the U.S. Open Cup Second Round match on May 22.
2011: The young Mexican, nicknamed “Polo,” signed with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on August 18, 2011 on a loan deal from Tigres of the Primera División de México. Just two days later he made his professional debut as a second half substitute in the 2-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks.
Polo made a total of six appearances for the Strikers in 2011 having signed for the team toward the end of the season.
Amateur: Moráles spent two years playing with the youth teams of Chivas USA before returning to his country of birth in 2008 to play with one of Mexico’s top teams, Tigres de la UANL.
International: Polo has represented Mexico, his country of birth, at the U-21 level.
Personal: Moráles was born in Zamora de Hidalgo, in the Michoacán district of Mexico. He moved to the United States an infant, and grew up in Livermore, California.