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Sounders Academy product Jordan Morris could get USMNT debut vs. Ireland

If Morris plays, he would be the first college player to make a senior national team appearance since 1995.

Could Klinsmann be pressuring Morris to head overseas?
Could Klinsmann be pressuring Morris to head overseas?
Chris Coulter

Though Jordan Morris wasn't on the gameday roster for either last week's Colombia match or the previous friendly vs. Czech Republic, ESPN's Doug McIntyre reports that Jurgen Klinsmann has suggested the Sounders Academy product could earn his first cap Tuesday:

Sounders fans will of course be pleased at the praise and the opportunity for international experience for a young player with the potential of signing a Homegrown Player contract with the Seattle first team.  Unless, as some contend, Klinsmann is using Morris' callup and appearance to expose the forward to European scouts and to urge Morris to take a chance overseas instead.

Adrian Hanauer and other MLS sources told ESPN last week they were frustrated by whispers that the USMNT head coach may be pressuring players to skip MLS in favor of other options.

Klinsmann has not publicly professed any preference for Morris' future, except to say he's hoping for the forward to make a choice in his best interest.  From an interview with ESPN back in September:

He has the choice now to say, "OK, am I jumping on the Sounders track in January, or am I considering another year, or am I considering maybe even going to Europe?" He has those pieces on the table that he can discuss with his family and his dad and with his coaches to hopefully make the right decision for him. What we can do now is show him those options. There's no stress to it. There's no preference to it. It's this is how this world could work out for you, hopefully.

The match kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and airs on ESPN.

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