HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on January 21, 2016
There are few, if any, Homegrown players who arrived in MLS with more backing triumphal flair. Morris’s devastating mixture of speed, finishing and on-ball technical ability became an immediate hallmark of his game, branding him as one of the most promising young American players as young as 18. Capable of playing as either a striker or a wider attacking midfielder, Morris is among the most prodigiously gifted U.S. players in the system today. After a brief courtship period, his professional future is now as secure as any Homegrown signing in the league's history.
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INTERNATIONAL: Morris was a late arrival. He only had his U.S. youth national team debut with the U20 team in 2013. Fifteen months later, he received his first U.S. cap to become the first college player to appear for the full national team in 15 years. On April 15, 2015 he scored a now famous goal against Mexico to cement his status as a rising national teamer in the making.
OUTSIDE MLS: Morris briefly flirted with Werder Bremen in Germany, where he went on trial after the conclusion of his junior year at Stanford in 2015. But he ultimately opted to stay home with the Sounders shortly thereafter.
COLLEGE: Morris’s college career at Stanford is not without equal, but it ended with fireworks befitting the hype. After two solid years, Morris’s junior year was explosive, to say the least. He scored 13 goals that year and guided the Cardinal to their first ever national championship in men’s soccer. In the finale, a 4-0 romp over Clemson, he scored twice to polish his college career in style.
NOTES: Morris's father, Dr. Michael Morris, has been the Chief Medical Director for the Sounders stretching back to the team's USL days... Morris was raised on Mercer Island, just outside downtown Seattle on Lake Washington.