Among the more surprising omissions from the United States Gold Cup roster was Jordan Morris. The Seattle Sounders Academy product had been a regular call-up to the full national team and had played well in recent friendlies, most notably scoring a goal against Mexico and picking up the game-winning assist against the Netherlands.
That mystery seemed to be solved earlier this week when it was revealed that Morris had a stress fracture and underwent surgery to repair it. On Wednesday, Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed that the injury was the only thing keeping Morris from making his competitive debut for the USMNT.
"Well obviously Jordan Morris was a guy on our radar for the final knockout stage," Klinsmann told USsoccer.com. "He would have come in already training with the team for the first portion, but with the injury that he got we felt that it was safer to deal with it right now immediately, so he's going to be out for four to six weeks.
"It's a bummer for him, because he's done extremely well over the last year. He's one of our most promising talents coming through the ranks, but those setbacks happen and maybe we see him towards the end of the tournament joining the group just for the fun of it. It's just sad for him because he was in very good shape."
In other words, the Jordan Morris hype train isn't slowing down anytime soon.