Just in case you needed a confirmation of our earlier report about Jordan Morris signing with the Seattle Sounders, Jurgen Klinsmann was only too happy to let the cat out of the bag himself. Speaking to ESPN FC, the United States men's national team coach left little doubt as to what Morris is planning to do after leaving Werder Bremen.
"I'm thrilled that Jordan decided to go pro. This is the really important decision. And I'm thrilled with the Sounders, that he goes into an environment that he knows, that he feels comfortable with, and that he feels now that, 'At this specific point in time, this is the best move for me.'
"[Morris] feels he's not ready for Europe. He feels the next big step for him is the Sounders where he knows everybody, and for us it's great because the moment he steps now on the training field he's in a professional environment. That's good."
- via ESPN FC
Klinsmann also confirmed that he and USMNT assistant Andi Herzog helped set up the trial at Werder Bremen, something Herzog tried to walk back about a week ago.
The interview generally gives the impression that Klinsmann would have preferred for Morris to go to Europe, but also doesn't give any inclination that his decision to sign with the Sounders will adversely affect his national team future. That's obviously good to hear and hopefully this past couple weeks is soon just a footnote.