Rising US national team star Jordan Morris will be a professional soccer player soon. The only question now is where his pro career will begin.
A day after reports surfaced that the Stanford striker would sign a Homegrown deal with his hometown Seattle Sounders, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl reported this morning that Morris will train with Germany's Werder Bremen.
Update: Morris made official Tuesday afternoon his widely anticipated decision to turn pro, announcing on Twitter that he would forgo his senior season at Stanford to begin his professional soccer career.
"My time at Stanford has helped me grow as a player and a person and I will be indebted to the people and this place for forever changing my life," Morris wrote.
The Bundesliga club, for which US striker Aron Johnannson currently plays, confirmed on their official website that Morris will begin training with them Monday but called the 21-year-old a “guest.”
It’s no surprise the young forward is such a hot commodity right now. Morris led Stanford to a national championship last month, scoring twice in the title game, and is one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, given annual to the country’s top player.
Moreover, he has become a regular call-up to the US national team, earning seven caps and scoring against Mexico.
Morris will attend the Hermann Trophy ceremony on Friday at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis before flying to Germany.