Jordan Morris probably wasn't the biggest snub from Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for the Copa America Centenario. Still, it was a reasonably big surprise, especially given Jozy Altidore's recent injury.
But how close was Morris to making the United States' squad? Apparently very, according to comments Klinsmann made during the roster announcement on Fox (via MLSsoccer.com).
"There are always some 50-50 moments, if it's in the back line, if it's in midfield, if it's up front," Klinsmann said. "And it came a little bit down to [Chris Wondolowski] or Jordan.
"We decided in this moment right now to go with Wondo. He's in top form. He's scoring a lot of goals for the Earthquakes. But always, when you take certain players in one area, you have to leave other ones out."
Wondolowski may be a head-scratching pick to some, but he is the second leading scorer in MLS with seven goals (including five from the run of play). He also has 10 international goals, including one against Mexico and two more against South Korea.
Morris, who's recovered from a slow start to score four goals in 10 appearances, is still relatively inexperienced at the senior national team level. Although he has nine senior team caps, most of his recent national team experience has been with the U23s.