It is done, after days of intrigue Jordan Morris has put pen to paper and signed what is said to be the largest Homegrown Player contract yet, spurning a contract offer from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen to sign with the Seattle Sounders.
The 21-year-old forward was offered a contract by the German side after impressing during a training stint with the club in Turkey during the Bundesliga’s winter break.
Bremen GM Thomas Eichen praised Morris on more than one occasion during the trial, making it clear that Bremen were keen to sign the MAC Hermann Trophy winner.
When Morris’ stay at Bremen was extended it began to look like the Green-Whites would get its man but ultimately Morris opted to sign with the Sounders where his father is the team physician.
Morris was something of a curiosity when Jurgen Klinsmann first called him into the full U.S. MNT, making the speedster the first collegian to suit up of for the full team since Chris Albright in 1999, when he took the field versus Ireland in a 4-1 loss November 2014.
Morris displayed a sense of occasion scoring his first, and so far only goal, for the full national team in April against Mexico in a 2-0 victory.
Morris has long resisted the temptation to go pro, yielding at last after his Stanford side lifted the College Cup and he claimed the MAC Hermann award, as the best college player in the country.
Then came the tug of war between Werder Bremen and Seattle, with Morris coming in for criticism in some quarters for choosing what some are calling the safe route.
U.S. MNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann might have been expected to be in that camp but the national team boss sounded a positive note in this statement to ESPN FC.
“I’m thrilled that Jordan decided to go pro, this is the really important decision. “And,” Klinsmann continued somewhat unexpectedly, “I’m thrilled with the Sounders, that he goes into an environment that he knows, that he feels comfortable with, and that he feels now that, ‘At this specific point in time, this is the best move for me.”
Werder Bremen has said that it plans to keep an eye on Morris’s progress but if the Washington native can fulfill his potential alongside fellow Seattle attackers Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, Bremen might find that it has missed its chance if Morris eventually decides to move on.