Jordan Morris has played for the United States Men’s National Team since 2014, earning six caps for the Senior side, scoring a goal against Mexico on April 15th, 2015. The 21-year-old forward from Seattle, Washington is a junior at Stanford University. He has 11 caps for the USA U-23 team, scoring seven times for the U23 side and his senior cap against Ireland on November 18th, 2014 was the first for an active collegian since 1995.
The Stanford University junior will go against USMNT U23 teammate Andrew Tarbell and Clemson in the NCAA final for men’s soccer on December 13, 2015. Both Clemson and Stanford won their semifinal matches in penalty kicks and will play in Kansas City, MO today.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. He Is Barely Old Enough to Legally Drink, But Has 6 Caps For Team USA
Jordan Morris is only 21 years old, but has played 11 times for the U-23 USA Men’s National Soccer Team and has played six times for the full national side.
Even if Morris was going to drink, he would need to watch himself because he is diabetic:
Morris is a type-one diabetic, but, according to this article from the San Jose Mercury News, he is not letting that hold him back. He has ambition to be a part of the 2016 Olympic soccer team and for the 2018 World Cup team.
2. He Is An Undeclared Student at Stanford
Morris has yet to declare a major at Stanford, but, as a junior, is still near the beginning of his academic career.
Even though he does not have an academic major at Stanford, his soccer is his calling card. He was named to All-Pac-12 First Team in 2013, where he led all conference freshmen in assists with seven and points with 19. He also tied for lead in goals with six. His 19 points were second on the Cardinal and his first two goals were in a 2-1 overtime win at UC Santa Barbara. He converted a penalty kick in Stanford’s 3-2 shootout win over Loyola Marymount in the NCAA Tournament First Round on November 21st, 2013.
3. He Is A Former Youth Soccer Star
Jordan Morris is a very decorated youth player according to his biography from Stanford University. Morris was mamed to U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships Best XI in 2011 and 2012 and was named U.S. Developmental Academy National Player of the Year and Western Conference Player of the Year in 2013. While in high school at Mercer Island High School in Mercer Island, WA, he was named Gatorade-ESPN Washington State Player of the Year, NSCAA Washington State Player of the Year and NSCAA High School All-American in 2012.
He also has leadership qualities, as he captained Eastside FC from 2009-12 and the Seattle Sounders FC U18 Academy Team in 2013.
4. He Comes From An Athletic Family
Morris’ older brother Christopher played soccer for Seattle Pacific University from 2009-2012.
He was a star for their high school, Mercer Island, scoring 13 goals and dishing out 13 assists. He also played for the same youth team as Jordan, Eastside FC club team.
Seattle Pacific Coach Mark Collings said of Morris on his Seattle Pacific biography, “The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Chris Morris is competitor. Chris is an intelligent player and has all of the technical skills necessary to be successful at SPU.”
His parents are Michael and Leslie and also has a brother named Julian and a sister named Talia.
5. He Is A Member of the Seattle Sounders Youth Academy
He has been a part of the Seattle Sounders academy since 2012, but he has focused on his national team career. On May 22, 2013, Morris was one of 22 players named to the US Under-20 squad for the Toulon Tournament where he made three appearances. He also made three appearances for the US Under-23 national team and on August 6, 2014, scored in a 5-1 win over Bahamas.
He made the side for the USA Men’s National Team for their matchup with the Czech Republic on September 3rd, 2014, but did not play.
The experience was worth it though:
His second appearance against Mexico was a bit better:
Morris took passes from Michael Bradley and Gyasi Zardes and slotted the ball past Mexican goalie Cirilo Saucedo for his first International goal.