It looks like the Seattle Sounders could soon claim their third MLS Comeback Player of the Year. On the same day that the league announced Jordan Morris to be among the three finalists for the award that will be officially announced on Oct. 22, SB Nation revealed that the Mercer Island native was given the award by a panelist of team bloggers.
Like the two other Sounders to previously win the award — Eddie Johnson (2012) and Clint Dempsey (2017) — Morris has a strong case. Morris missed all of 2018 with a ACL tear he suffered in a Concacaf Champions League match, only to return as an almost undeniably improved player.
After scoring a brace in the season opener, Morris went on to score 10 goals and set a career-high with seven assists. He also made a successful return to the United States men’s national team where he made 11 appearances with two goals and five assists, including record-tying three against Cuba in Concacaf Nations League play last week.
Also named among the finalists for Comeback Player are LAFC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye and the Philadelphia Union’s Kacper Przybyłko. Kaye returned from miss most of last year with a broken ankle to establish himself as one of the league’s top defensive midfielders. Przybyłko joined the Union in 2018 after missing most of the previous year with a couple different foot injuries but never got healthy enough to play before this season. In his first healthy MLS season, he had 15 goals and four assists to help lead the Union back to the playoffs this season.