By any reasonable metric, Jordan Morris’ rookie campaign has been a smashing success. The 21-year-old Seattle Sounders forward has already piled up 10 goals, tied for the third most all-time among MLS rookies and the most among American MLS rookies. Five of those goals have been game-winners, another MLS rookie record.
Given all this, it’s hardly surprising that MLSsoccer.com named Morris the No. 3 player on its 24-under-24 list. The only two players ahead of Morris are Cyle Larin (who set the MLS rookie record with 17 goals last year and has 14 this year) and Jack Harrison (the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft who’s got three goals and five assists in fewer than 1,300 minutes).
The two most common knocks on Morris have been that he’s not been as clinical in front of goal as he should be and that he’s overly reliant on his right foot. But that only served to underscore how well he’s played, at least to some.
"People talk sometimes about him not finishing the chances that he gets, but for a kid his age, to create the number of quality chances he gets is very, very unique," one anonymous scout said in praise of Morris.