"It was an unbelievable feeling," Morales said about the standing ovation he received during the 65th minute of RSL's 2-1 victory over the Sounders. "I didn't expect that. I just was out there to play a game, but the crowd was amazing. The fans always make me feel like I'm home. I only want to say thank you."
Morales played the final 35 minutes against the Sounders without any difficulty. He says he's ready to play more, but head coach Jason Kreis wants to bring Morales back slowly.
"It's a question of how many minutes he can play," Kreis said. "We think now the next logical step is 45 minutes, so perhaps that means a start this weekend [against Colorado] and get him off at half, but we'll see."
"It's a long season for us," Morales said. "So, I have to be patient with my body, so maybe in three weeks I'll be 100 percent."
Morales is so vital to Real Salt Lake's offense with his ball skills and playmaking abilities. He makes everyone on the field a better player.
"He makes us a better team," said midfielder Kyle Beckerman. "So, when we get a healthy Javier, it's all good things for Real."