HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on January 21, 2016
Branded as one of the most promising young American players when he was as young as 18, the now 23-year-old Homegrown talent relies on a mixture of speed and on-ball technical ability to play as either a striker or wider attacking midfielder. Morris had a tremendous rookie season, but he'll be looking to bounce back after just three goals in 2017.
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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. Morris was a part of the US CONCACAF Gold Cup team in 2017, scoring three goals for the squad and sharing the title of top scorer of the tournament.
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.