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Jordan Morris responds to being named the 3rd best player under 24 by MLSSoccer.com

Already a consummate professional, Morris stays humble despite getting such a great honor in his first season

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MLSSoccer.com announced the final spots of its “24 Under 24” list on Thursday, with Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris coming in at #3. It was announced earlier this week that his teammate Cristian Roldan came in at #24 on the list. Morris said that “it’s obviously an honor to be on that list with some other great young players, it’s exciting.”

Morris told ESPNFC that he’s trying not to read too much into his position on the list, or even the honor itself: “For me it’s an honor but you try not to read too much into it. No matter where you are on the list, you gotta keep working hard.”

Regarding Roldan’s placement on the “24 Under 24” list, Morris said that his teammate “probably should have been a little higher, just my biased opinion.” Considering all that Roldan has done for the team, Morris said, from scoring to assisting to drawing “a few PKs.”

Morris also said that Roldan, a second year player, has been very helpful to Morris as he navigates his rookie year with Seattle. “He’s told me it’s a grind, it’s a long season, he talked to me a lot about that and just the highs and lows and stuff like that.”

Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer said that Morris “should have been higher,” a sentiment he also had regarding Roldan’s position on the list. “He’s in good company, that top 3, I don’t think there’s any coach in our league that would not want to have any of those players on their team. I enjoyed the whole piece, because we need more players to come up through the ranks and provide some stimulus for the league. Whenever it’s an academy kid like Jordan, a local kid done good, then the story just gets even better.”

Despite the “big transition” from college to Major League Soccer, Morris said that after he got a few games under his belt, things got much better for him. As for what exactly helped turn around his season after those initial matches, Morris said that “I think just getting confidence, I think I’m just getting more comfortable playing with the guys and being around longer and gelling and everything.”

Morris also praised the play of Nicolas Lodeiro, whose recent signing with Seattle has already improved his, and the team’s, season. “He’s obviously a very good player and he looks for those balls in behind, I like to make the runs...and he finds me.”

As for the rest of the season, Morris isn’t letting his inclusion on the “24 Under 24” list get to his head—he’d rather focus on getting his squad to the playoffs. He’s seen what the LA Galaxy can do, having played them twice in league play this season. “They’re a very good team, but I think we played them well both times we’ve played them this year so far, we got a little a unlucky.”