Just two days after the Werder Bremen general manager said it was only a matter of "when" Jordan Morris would sign, the club has now announced that Morris turned down an offer to join the club this season.
Instead, Sporting Director Thomas Eichen said that Morris made it clear after "intensive talks" that he currently sees a future in America. Eichen said Werder Bremen would consider a future transfer.
"Of course, we respect this decision," Eichen said. "We're in a situation now, where we need players who identify with Werder and the way things are done here completely, in order for them to focus properly on the task ahead. For this reason, we are distancing ourselves from a transfer for the time being, but we will remain in close contact with him and are entertaining the idea of working together in the future."
Morris originally joined Werder Bremen on trial at the insistence of U.S. soccer's U-23 coach Andi Herzog. After joining the club's winter training camp earlier this year, Morris traveled to Germany with the full club, where he assisted on a goal in a split-squad match last Friday.
"We've given (Morris) our offer, he knows what it is," Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid said to Goal.com yesterday. "We feel good about what we're able to do for him. Now he's just got to go through the process for himself and make the decision that he feels good about."
Morris is now on his way to train with the U.S. National Team alongside (hopefully) soon-to-be teammate Brad Evans. Morris' journey to the Sounders has put us all through a rollercoaster of emotions. For now, it appears that fans can truly celebrate.