Home is where the heart is. And that’s where Jordan Morris is heading.
On Thursday the Seattle Sounders announced that they have signed Morris, 21, as the hottest young talent in the U.S. will play in Major League Soccer in 2016.
On Tuesday it was revealed that Morris turned down a contract offer with Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen after a training stint was initially extended after the U.S. national team youngster impressed.
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However, Bremen stated that Morris “sees his future in America” and the lure of playing for his hometown team proved too strong for the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy winner.
Morris was developed in Seattle’s academy system and played with their U-23 team while also making a name for himself at Stanford University over the past three years, leading the Cardinals to their first-ever National Championship in 2015 as well as being crowned the best player in college soccer.
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Already capped seven times — scoring once in a 2-0 friendly win over Mexico in April 2015 — by the U.S., Morris is now ready to make his eagerly anticipated step up to the professional game.
That’s something Jurgen Klinsmann is pretty pumped about, despite many pundits and fans confused as to why Morris would turn down a deal with a German top-flight team to play in MLS.
“I’m thrilled that Jordan decided to go pro,” Klinsmann told ESPN FC. “This is the really important decision. And I’m thrilled with the Sounders, that he goes into an environment that he knows, that he feels comfortable with, and that he feels now that, ‘At this specific point in time, this is the best move for me.”
In the past the likes of Landon Donovan, Freddy Adu and countless others have had plenty of hype as youngsters heading into MLS. Add Morris’ name to that list, as his every move during his rookie season will be big news.
Below is the simple, yet incredibly impactful, message from the Sounders’ new star as the brightest young talent U.S. Soccer possesses is ready to get going in his hometown. It was also announced he will wear the No. 13 jersey in rave green.
Also, the guys over at KICK TV are also pretty pumped about Morris staying at home.