Young Seattle Sounders academy product and current Stanford University forward Jordan Morris has replaced Aron Johannsson on the USMNT roster due to a toe infection for the latter, US Soccer has announced.
Morris, who was with the U-23 squad in Denmark, made the trip to Zurich this morning to meet up with the senior squad which is preparing to take on Switzerland on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old forward has spent time with the United States senior squad in the past, and has one cap which came against the Republic of Ireland in November when he played 15 minutes at the end of a 4-1 loss.
Klinsmann assured Tab Ramos that his full compliment of young players would be available for the run-up to the U-20 World Cup and throughout the summer event, but with the U-23 squad just on a round of friendlies in Europe, it was easy for Klinsmann to pull Morris from the roster for duty with the senior team a short flight away. Morris scored for the U-23 team in a 5-2 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina on Friday, nabbing the game’s opening goal in just the eighth minute.
It’s unclear [as always with Mr. Klinsmann] whether Morris will actually get time in the Switzerland friendly, but considering the US decided not to replace Dempsey and now chooses to add Morris, and remembering Klinsmann’s comments that these European friendlies are a big opportunity for new players to get in the mix, it’s definitely a possibility that he sees time.
Johannsson’s injury shouldn’t be too much of a concern, and while he has struggled recently to stay healthy and available, these friendlies are less about national team locks like Johannsson and more about guys like Jordan Morris looking to make their case for the next few years.