The Seattle Sounders Academy is producing United States prospects at a rather alarming rate. Fresh on the heels of DeAndre Yedlin making the World Cup roster, Jordan Morris has now been received his first senior United States national team call-up, as he was one of 22 players named to the roster for the Sept. 3 friendly against the Czech Republic. No other Sounders players were called into the game and Nick Rimando was the only player from MLS.
"We have watched Jordan through our Youth National Teams and in the Development Academy for the last couple of years, and he is a very promising player," USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann told USSoccer.com. "We saw him during our two weeks at Stanford for the World Cup preparation camp, and also from his play with U-23 team in the Bahamas, and we felt like this was a good opportunity to introduce him to the Senior Team."
Morris, who is scheduled to start his sophomore season at Stanford next month, was the only college player to be named to the team. In fact, the last college player to get a USMNT senior cap was Ante Razov in 1995, the year before MLS began. He is definitely the first college player to be called in under Klinsmann.
Morris is coming off a freshman year at Stanford in which he was second on the team with six goals and led the team with seven assists in 21 appearances. He's also been considered one of the Sounders' top prospects, ever since he scored 27 goals in 28 games for the academy during his senior year in high school.
It has always been assumed that Morris would return to Stanford for his sophomore season, but with this much attention being paid to the Mercer Island native, the Sounders may not have that luxury. If a European team were to offer Morris a contract now, the Sounders would have nothing to show for it as he's not currently under contract.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)