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Jordan Morris believes pressure makes him better

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Sounders rookie shows no signs of second-guessing his decisions during ESPN interview.

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Jordan Morris has been forced to deal with copious amounts of pressure, at least ever since he became the first collegian in 20 years to be called into the full United States national team. Even if he was taken a bit by surprise, he seems to have taken it all in stride.

During an interview with Taylor Twellman on ESPN, Morris acknowledged that the pressure may even make him better.

"Even in the lows, I knew it was time to move on and challenge myself," Morris said when asked if he ever second guesses his decision to join the Sounders instead of playing out his final year of eligibility at Stanford. "I know that all that pressure, all the downs, are part of the learning process and becoming a better player."

Morris is still far from a finished product, something he even acknowledges. But he’s also adamant about the work he’s putting in to improve himself.

"I work on my left foot a lot, I want to get better," Morris said, while enduring some light-natured ribbing from Twellman about his right-foot dominance. "I think the game is still a little fast ... things came a little slower in college, I was able to pick my head up a bit, and here it’s just a little bit quicker."

It should be said that despite those struggles, Morris still leads the Sounders with nine goals and could very easily end the season with one of the highest ever goal totals for an MLS rookie. Pressure or not, Morris seems to be handling all of this just fine.