giovedì 28 agosto 2014

Jordan Morris gets USMNT call-up

The unexpected happened. USA’s head coach Jurgen Klinsmann make Stanford’s standout Jordan Morris, the 2013 U.S. Developmental Academy Player of the Year, the first collegian on a USMNT roster since MLS has been in existence and the first college based footballer to be called since the ‘90s, according to Top Drawer Soccer writer Will Parchman. Morris was in the USA’s U-23 squad held in Nassau, Bahamas, this August for a training camp in view of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. There have been a lot of surprises in the 22-men roster Klinsmann released for the upcoming friendly game against the Czech Republic. Rubio Rubin, Alfredo Morales and Joe Gyau, as well as Fulham youngster Emerson Hyndman, are between the new talent that will have a big chance to impress. By the way, Morris’ pick remains the biggest surprise on this bunch and he has already stolen the spotlight. "We have watched Jordan through our Youth National Teams and in the Development Academy…and he is a very promising player," Klinsmann told A former member of Seattle Sounders Under-23s team playing in the USL PDL, Morris was set to play another season at Stanford before turning pro, an eventuality now hard to happen. Unanimously regarded as the biggest USMNT prospect currently playing at college level, Morris,  at 6-0 for 185 pounds, is a sized forward, suited to hold the ball up. But he’s also touted as a dribbler, loaded with the tools to do everything with the ball on his feet. Morris tied Pac-12 for the lead in goals in 2013 and quickly showed the skill and awareness that earned  him comparisons with Clint Dempsey.  Robert L. Kehoe III praised Morris’movement off the ball and defined him a player able to run with the ball suited to play out wide in a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation. The road to 2018 is long but should Morris continue to progress he could get the call and become a key for the USMNT next World Cup.

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