In today's end-of-season conference call, Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey covered many issues. One of particular interest to fans of the club and the United States Men's National Team is the status of genre-breaking star Jordan Morris. The Stanford student is sometimes a member of the full national team and the U23s on their quest for the Olympics and just won the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Lagerwey reminded assembled media that Morris' father is the team doctor and the two speak at least once a week, but that the club is cognizant of NCAA rules. His answer was fairly standard.
"I'll give the same answer on Jordan that I always give, which is 'it's up to Jordan.' Jordan will come out when he comes out and he'll go where he wants to go. We hope he signs with us, but it is out of our control," Lagerwey said.
Then, as the next question on a new subject was asked, Lagerwey interrupted, "I just wanted everybody to know that I can confirm the public reports that we've offered Jordan the richest Homegrown Player contract ever, for what it's worth."
For some perspective, Gyasi Zardes was earning $100,000 on his initial HGP deal and makes $223,000 now. Tommy Thompson is currently earning $140,000 on his initial HGP deal as the most recent big budget HGP. But the specific number does not matter. If Morris signs the Sounders will ensure he gets paid.
If he does not sign, they just made it clear that the decision was entirely on Jordan.
Hanauer, Lagerwey & Co want this.
They have a current star available. But it's his choice. All they can do is make an offer. They did. It's a large one.