One of the more significant developments in Jordan Morris’ game since returning from knee surgery this year has been his playmaking ability from the wing. Just in case any United States men’s national team observers had overlooked that, he put on quite a display Friday.
Morris tied a USMNT record by recording three assists while adding a goal — all before being pulled at halftime — during a 7-0 win over Cuba in Concacaf Nations League. Cobi Jones (1993 vs. New Zealand) and Landon Donovan (2009 vs. Trinidad & Tobago and 2013 vs. El Salvador) had previously registered three assists in a match.
Morris’ first assist came before the match was barely 30 seconds old, setting up Weston McKennie.
Just a couple minutes later, the two combined on a nearly identical play.
McKennie then played the role of provider to Morris, who showcased his improved left-footing finishing to make it 3-0 inside 30 minutes.
Morris then closed out his half by setting up Sargent for a goal that made it 6-0.
In between his assists and his goal, Morris also forced an own-goal after another nice exchange with McKennie.
Thankfully, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter gave Morris some rest by pulling him at halftime. Cristian Roldan, however, went 90 minutes in the game.