There are a few jersey numbers that have special significance. No. 10 is probably the best known, reserved for playmakers all around the world. But somewhere reasonably close behind is the No. 9 shirt, which is often worn by the teams' top forwards.
Guess what number Jordan Morris was assigned by United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday's friendly against Czech Republic.
Yep, in his first-ever call-up to the full national-team, Morris was given the No. 9 shirt. Truth be told, the number hasn't been particularly significant within the USMNT for quite some time. The last time it had a regular owner was prior to the 2010 World Cup when Charlie Davies was getting hearts all aflutter. In the last World Cup, Aron Johannsson wore it; in 2010 it was Herculez Gomez; and in 2006 it was Eddie Johnson. So maybe we shouldn't make too much of it.
But then again, USMNT legends Joe Max-Moore (2002 and 1998) and Tab Ramos (1994) were rocking No. 9 in the previous cycles.
It's probably good not to read too deeply into a number assignment, but it's still pretty cool.