21 years old Jordan Morris has stolen the hearts of American soccer fans everywhere when he marked his arrival on the national level last year scoring against great rivals Mexico. He has also turned down moves to some of Germany’s best teams to stay and play for hometown team Seattle Sounders, signing what will go down as the most lucrative homegrown contract in MLS history. So who exactly is this golden boy?
Jordan Morris was born in Seattle, Washington and attended Stanford University. While at Stanford, Morris was playing for the Seattle Sounders academy. It was during a USA camp held at Stanford where Jordan caught the eye of Jurgen Klinsmann. He received his first national team game in a friendly against the Czech Republic on August 28th, 2014. Jordan scored his first international goal against Mexico on April 15th, 2015. After that game, Morris was awarded the MOTM award but because it was sponsored by Budweiser he could not accept it being only 20 years of age. Stupid sponsors!
As stated before, Jordan has signed a homegrown contract with the Seattle Sounders. This contract guarantees him $675,000 over three years. ($225,000 each year). That is the most money Seattle can offer Jordan and makes him the highest payed rookie.
Now that Obafemi Martins has departed for China, it opens the doors for Morris to start with Clint Dempsey up top and create the partnership American’s have dreamed of happening.
Most recently Jordan Morris played extremely well against Canada in the January camp and Jurgen was quoted saying “We want to build a partnership with them [Jozy and Jordan] and get Jordan introduced to the squad.” Which fuels speculation that Jurgen plans on starting Jordan this summer at the Copa America and playing a big part in the push for Russia 2018.
Maybe our golden boy will be the first American shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or and win himself a golden ball!
By Jonathan Molik, TFN columnist on 16/02/2016 at 22:20