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Jordan Morris released by USMNT, available against Houston

Morris was one of nine US internationals released prior to New Zealand friendly

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The Washington Post’s Steven Goff reported on Saturday that Jurgen Klinsmann was making some changes to the USMNT lineup for Tuesday’s friendly against New Zealand, including the release of Jordan Morris to return to the Seattle Sounders.

The Sounders later confirmed that Morris would join training on Monday and would be available for selection in Wednesday’s match against the Houston Dynamo.

Morris played 30 minutes in Friday’s historic friendly in Cuba, but it was expected that he’d be released from the second friendly match in order to be back for the Sounders’ crucial match against the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday. Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey said on Thursday that he was hoping for a Morris return, but it wasn’t certain at that point.

The rest of the players released by Klinsmann are: goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, defenders John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler and Fabian Johnson, and forwards Christian Pulisic, Chris Wondolowski, Jordan Morris and Bobby Wood. Wondolowski and Morris are the only MLS players in that group, but both are crucial to their team’s attack.

In those players’ stead, Klinsmann called up goalkeeper Bill Hamid; defenders Kellyn Acosta, Matt Besler, Michael Orozco and Tim Parker, and forwards Juan Agudelo and Terrence Boyd.

The roster facing New Zealand is;

GOALKEEPERS (3): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

DEFENDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Perry Kitchen (Hearts), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Danny Williams (Reading)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig), Julian Green (Bayern Munich)