At long last, Jordan Morris has accepted the Seattle Sounders’ contract offer and will be announced as the Major League Soccer club’s newest homegrown signing at a press conference on Thursday, according to a report by Sounder At Heart.
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Morris, who recently trialled at Werder Bremen but ultimately turned the Bundesliga side down after impressing and earning plenty of praise, will become the highest-paid homegrown player in MLS history.
After playing three years of college soccer at Stanford University, and capping off his collegiate career with a national championship and a MAC Hermann award (top collegiate player) as a junior, Morris announced earlier this month he would forego his senior season at Stanford and head to Germany for the trial with Werder Bremen.
Morris, who was born in Seattle, joined the Sounders’ youth academy in 2012. He would go on to score 28 goals in 32 games during his first year with the academy side, en route to winning the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-18 Player of the Year award for the 2012-13 season.
The signing of Morris will likely force Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid to alter his tactical strategy of years gone by, should he elect to throw the 21-year-old, seven-times-U.S.-national-team-capped forward into the first straight away. Rather than the traditional 4-4-2 Schmid has employed in recent seasons, 2016 could see the Sounders set out in a 4-3-3, with Obafemi Martins playing the lone striker role ahead of Clint Dempsey on the left and Morris, who would tuck inside a la Ethan Finlay of Columbus Crew SC, on the right.