The reviews of Jordan Morris' performance in beating Mexico are a bit varied. They ranged from being short-listed for Man of the Match (the official award he can't win) to being just good. To the voices that matter most, his performance impressed.
United States captain Michael Bradley gave Morris the pre-match banner as a gift of appreciation. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann both praised the Stanford student and talked about his next steps on a now unique career path.
"We see his improvement. We see there's a constant, positive path in him. Does he need to mature? Does he need to get stronger? All these things that will come over time," Klinsmann said following the game. "We hope we can do a lot of work [managing growth and expectations] by talking, communicating with his [Stanford] coach and him, and also to the family, and keep them with their feet on the ground. With Jordan, you have a character that is very grounded. He's a smart kid and he understands he has a long way to go, but he also understands that he has qualities that he believes in."
SBI Soccer put the Sounders HGP-eligible player as one of their finalist for their Man of the Match award, ultimately giving it to Bradley. Diskerud and Beckerman were also listed.
American Soccer Now's editors placed him second in their ratings with a 7. Fans were more generous to Bradley, Diskerud and Agudelo. Morris only had a 6.7 from that open source ratings system that we are totally not suggesting you spam.
For MLSSoccer.com Greg Seltzer gave Morris a 7, which was lower than Yedlin, Diskerud and Bradley.
Doug McIntyre at ESPN FC only put a 6.5 next to Jordan. If you think that's low, it is because of a scale that only had Gonzalez with a higher rating.
With diverse scales and diverse meanings it is hard to see a consensus from the numbers. But, no player was rated by all as better than Jordan Morris. Only Bradley and Diskerud appear with regularity. Considering that of the others mentioned as being "better" went to a World Cup(s) or are in their sixth pro year (though only two years older than Morris) Jordan had a good night.
It's one he won't forget.