Whitecaps' Morales thinks soccer will 'take over' hockey in '10 to 20 years'

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Pedro Morales reacts after making a penalty kick for a goal against...

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Pedro Morales reacts after making a penalty kick for a goal against Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts at Providence Park on June 1, 2014. (Jaime Valdez/USA TODAY Sports)

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Soccer is a growing sport in Canada.

We've known that for a while now. No debate there.

But has enough momentum been built up enough to declare soccer as a potential future peer with -- gasp! -- hockey?

It sounds pretty far-fetched, yet a Major League Soccer star believes it's a very real possibility.

"Soccer can take over hockey one day in Canada," Vancouver Whitecaps and Chilean midfielder Pedro Morales told Sportsnet Monday.

Morales added he can "feel the excitement of the fans at B.C. Place" during every Whitecaps home game, and believes it's only a matter of time – "10 to 20 years" – before soccer competes with powerhouse hockey.

These quotes are, in a word, bold.

Hockey has owned the sporting landscape in Canada for decades. It's a part of the country's fabric, its identity, and there's no greater sports-related passion than events involving Canada's national men's hockey team.

As Sportsnet notes, 29-year-old Morales is not fluent in English and requires a translator in media interviews. So, there is a chance Morales' confident declaration is being lost in translation to some degree.

Either way, Morales is at least aware of his surroundings. Canada's MLS teams are indeed making their mark.

If you combine the 2013 home attendances of Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and the Whitecaps, you'll get an average of about 20,000 per game. Nothing to fret about there.

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