Jordan Morris Profile
|Born||Oct 26, 1994|
|Birthplace||Mercer Island, Washington, USA|
A Washington-born forward who has been a regular for Seattle Sounders and the USMNT, Jordan Morris ventured into Europe with a loan move to Swansea City in 2021.
Jordan Perry Morris was born in the state of Washington in 1994. He grew up on Mercer Island, which is part of the Seattle metropolitan area.
Morris played for Eastside FC from the age of 10 to 17 with the B94 Red team. During his tenure in the U-11 to U-17 sides, they won six Washington State titles and finished third twice at the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
Morris was named the NSCAA Washington State Player of the Year and a High School All-American in 2012.
Morris joined the Seattle Sounders FC youth academy for one season before starting his college career at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Morris played 21 games as a freshman at Stanford with six goals and seven assists.
Morris scored 13 goals as a junior in 2015 as Stanford won their second straight Pac-12 Championship. He scored twice in a round of 16 win in the NCAA Tournament and in the quarter-finals, he scored in the 18th minute as Stanford upset number one seed Wake Forest 2-1. Morris also scored 87 seconds into the National Championship Game and added a second goal in the 51st minute as Stanford beat Clemson 4-0.
In addition to winning the Pac-12 Player of the Year honour, Morris was named the 2015 Hermann Trophy Award winner, given to the best male player in NCAA Division I soccer.
Morris turned pro after the 2015 season instead of returning to Stanford for his senior campaign. The Seattle Sounders held his rights and his father worked for the team.
Morris went to Germany in January 2016 and had a trial with Werder Bremen during the Bundesliga winter break. He had an assist in a friendly against Inter Baku and was offered a contract to play for the German side.
However, on January 21, 2016, Morris turned down Werder Bremen and signed with Seattle Sounders FC. His contract was the most valuable ever given by an MLS team to a Homegrown Player at the time at $250,000 a year.
Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC
Morris debuted for the Sounders in a friendly on February 9, 2016, and two weeks later, he played in a CONCACAF Champions League game against Club America. Morris made his MLS debut against Sporting Kansas City in the 2016 season opener.
Morris scored his first MLS goal on April 16 against the Philadelphia Union, and he set a Sounders rookie record by scoring in four straight games from April 16 to May 7. He scored his first brace against LA Galaxy on September 25 and finished the regular season with 12 goals and three assists.
In the MLS play-offs, he scored in both legs against Colorado Rapids as Seattle advanced 3-1 on aggregate. Morris played 108 minutes in the MLS Cup final but was subbed off before the Sounders beat Toronto FC on penalty kicks to lift the trophy. Morris was named the 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year.
Morris played in just 25 games in 2017, with injuries leaving him out of the line-up twice. When he was available, he scored three goals and added one assist in 22 starts. Morris was limited to coming off the bench in the play-offs, and he played just 19 minutes in the MLS Cup final loss to Toronto FC.
Morris tore his ACL while playing in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League match for Seattle against Santa Tecla in El Salvador. That February 22 injury cost Morris the entire 2018 season, but he signed a five-year contract extension with the Sounders in December of that year.
Morris made a triumphant return to action with two goals against expansion side FC Cincinnati on March 2, 2019. He scored again two games later against Chicago Fire while also adding an assist. After scoring just once in 11 starts, Morris found the net against Houston and added two goals in the next game against Sporting KC. He finished the regular season with three goals in five games and tallied 10 regular season goals in 26 outings overall.
Morris scored a hat-trick as Seattle beat FC Dallas in the Western Conference quarter-finals. Seattle added another MLS Cup as they beat Toronto FC 3-1, with Morris registering one shot on goal but not scoring in 84 minutes of action. Morris was still named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year, though.
Morris got off to a great start in 2020 with a brace against Chicago in a 2-1 win. The 2020 MLS season was then shut down due to COVID-19 before resuming for the MLS Is Back tournament in July. In three group-stage games, Morris had one goal and two assists as the Sounders advanced, but they were knocked out in the round of 16.
When the regular season resumed, Morris scored twice against LAFC and produced two assists and a goal against San Jose. Morris finished with 10 goals and seven assists in 23 games, leading Seattle to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference play-offs. Morris was named in the MLS Best XI for the first time in 2020.
His USMNT international career
Morris first represented his country in the U-20 team in the 2013 Toulon Tournament, securing three appearances. In 2014, he scored for the US U-23 team in a 5-1 win over Barbados.
He was called up to the senior USA national team for an August 28, 2014, friendly against the Czech Republic. He did not play in that game but made his debut two months later in a 4-1 loss to the Republic of Ireland. The appearance made Morris the first college player to be called up to the senior national team since 1999.
Morris scored his first international goal against Mexico in a friendly on April 15, 2015. He played in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and scored twice against Martinique in the group stage. Morris also scored the game-winning goal against Jamaica in the Gold Cup Final as the US won 2-1.
After his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, Morris scored four times for his country in 2019 with a friendly goal against Uruguay and three goals in the CONCACAF Nations League. The first of these goals came against Canada, while he also netted a brace against Cuba on November 19. Overall, Morris has played 39 games for the US, with 10 goals scored.
Morris got engaged to his girlfriend, Eliza Blanchette, in December 2019. The couple announced their engagement on Instagram after Morris popped the question in Big Sur, California.
Morris attended Mercer Island High School and his father, Dr Michael Morris, is the chief medical director of the Seattle Sounders. He has three siblings, Christopher, Julian and Talia.
Morris has a T1D tattoo on his arm as a tribute to the armband people with diabetes wear. Morris was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of nine.
Reported net worth
In 2020, Morris was the third highest-paid player at the Sounders, with $619,000 guaranteed in his contract. He made the same amount in 2019 after signing his new deal in December 2018.
Jordan Morris News
- Jan 28, 2021