On Thursday Jurgen Klinsmann announced a big surprise as he included a college soccer player on the USA’s national team roster for a friendly against the Czech Republic next week.
Jordan Morris is a Sophomore at Stanford University and if he gets on the field in Prague next week, he will become the first collegiate player to play for the USA since Ante Razov in 1995.
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Morris could become the first collegian to play for the U.S. since MLS came into existence, as Chris Albright made a national team camp back, but didn’t feature in a match, back in 1999 while he was still playing at the University of Virginia. Morris’ selection is significant in that respect.
We are going to hear a lot more about the Seattle, Wash. native in the coming days and weeks, so let’s try and find out some more information on him…
In his first year at Stanford in 2013, the lively forward he scored six goals and bagged seven assists en-route to making the All Pac-12 first team. Morris is also a product of the Seattle Sounders academy and represented the U.S. U-20 side in all three games at the Toulon tournament in France last year.
Here are some more highlights on Morris’ career so far, as the pacey striker certainly seems to have a bright future ahead of him with Klinsmann giving him a chance to impress for the national team.
- Named U.S. Developmental Academy National Player of the Year and Western Conference Player of the Year in 2013
- U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships Golden Ball winner – 2012
- Named to U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships Best XI in 2011 and 2012
- Named Gatorade-ESPN Washington State Player of the Year, NSCAA Washington State Player of the Year and NSCAA High School All-American in 2012
- Captained Eastside FC (2009-12) and the Seattle Sounders FC U18 Academy Team (2013)
- Led all Pac-12 freshmen in assists (7) and points (19) and tied for lead in goals (6)
Alongside the likes of Rubio Rubin, Joe Gyau, Alfredo Morales and Bobby Wood, there will plenty of youngsters looking to impress against the Czech Republic in the September friendly. The cycle towards the 2018 World Cup has already begun.