Sounders Academy Forward Jordan Morris Earns U.S. U-20 Call-Up

Just a few months after being honored as the NSCAA’s Boys Soccer State Player of the Year, Mercer Island resident Jordan Morris received an even higher honor in May.

Morris was among three with ties to the Seattle Sounders FC who were invited to participate in the United States’ U-20 Men’s National Team squad for the Under-21 Toulon Tournament, the team’s final tune-up before the FIFA U-20 World Cup in June.

A former Eastside FC player who now stars for the Seattle Sounders Academy, Morris was joined on the roster by Sounders FC defender (and fellow Sounders Academy product) DeAndre Yedlin, as well as former Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who made his assistant coaching debut.

Morris has been a star for the Sounders Academy this year, scoring 22 goals in just 22 games, and has also made appearances for the Sounders Reserves. He’s hoping to follow in the footsteps of Yedlin, who went from Emerald City FC, Northwest Nationals and Crossfire FC to the Sounders Academy in 2010-11, then was signed in February by Sounders FC as the club’s first Homegrown Player. Yedlin has started 10 games across all competitions for the Sounders in 2013 — tied for the lead among Sounders field players — and scored a highlight-reel goal in the Sounders’ CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Mexico’s Tigres FC.

"We have somewhere between 75 and 90 on our depth chart, and we call around, speak with teams and keep track of how they are doing,” said Tab Ramos, National Soccer Hall of Famer and the U.S. U-20 head coach. “In Jordan's case, Sigi Schmid thinks very highly of him, and we value his opinion and look at Jordan's track record. When he's scoring one or two goals in every Academy game, that is something you seriously have to look at."

While the call-up was the first at any level for Morris, he was hopeful of impressing the coaches enough to earn a place on the squad at the FIFA U-20 World Cup later this month.

The U.S. squad played four games in France, finishing with a 1-3 record. Morris made three total appearances, including two starts; individual shot statistics were not reported.

Congratulations to Jordan, his parents, and all of the coaches who have helped him reach this outstanding achievement!

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