Herzog rejects overseas comments, says USMNT’s Morris has “great options”

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Andreas Herzog says his translated comments advocating more U.S. players be shepherded overseas were misinterpreted, and that Jordan Morris has “two great options” in the Bundesliga and MLS.

I’ll lay out why I think the Bundesliga is a superior choice in a minute, but let’s circle back to that.

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First off, solid reporting by Kyle McCarthy of Fox Sports, who spoke to Herzog and got the coach to expand on his Kicker-reported thoughts, you know, in English.

He said that MLS is much improved, and that playing for Sigi Schmid could be a fine choice for Morris. And he detailed why Werder Bremen, the home of fellow USMNT striker Aron Johannsson, is interested:

“They were asking me about Jordan 6-7 months ago,” Herzog said. “They were scouting him for the last 6 months or so. Of course I told them a lot of good things. When he plays with the Olympic team or with the men’s national team, you can see he’s a young, powerful striker with a lot of qualities. That’s how it is.”

McCarthy’s interview only reinforces my preference for Morris to choose the Bundesliga. This isn’t a fly-by-night appreciation of Morris. If Werder Bremen signs Morris after his 10 days of training, they’ll have a plan for the man on top of the aforementioned 6-7 months of scouting him.

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My main argument for Morris taking his shot at Germany was that there is no guarantee his star will be higher than it is right now in terms of European attraction. Yes, he could take MLS by storm as a rookie — where there’s no guarantee he’ll play a ton, either — but does that mean he’ll be in any higher demand in a league like the Bundesliga, or by any higher of a club?