The Stanford Cardinal are the 2015 NCAA Men's soccer champions in large part thanks to United States international Jordan Morris, who notched a brace in what could be his final action as a collegiate athlete. The 21-year-old USMNT striker finished off his storybook 2015 by scoring the first two goals in his school's 4-0 win over Clemson in the College Cup final.
Just two minutes into the match, Morris made a really smart off-the-ball run to get himself in space and latched onto a through ball to go in on the goalkeeper. His expertly-placed blast past the goalkeeper gave the Cardinal a dream start in the final.
Jordan Morris: Good at soccering pic.twitter.com/3B9sx8u0d1— Rob Usry (@RobUsry) December 13, 2015
Early in the second half, it was Morris again doing the heavy lifting. He received a pass at the top of the penalty area, and in one smooth motion turned his defender and muscled him off. Once in on the goalkeeper, his deft finish just over the outstretched leg was a thing of beauty.
Correction: Jordan Morris great at soccering pic.twitter.com/NCaJoxSTMb— Rob Usry (@RobUsry) December 13, 2015
The USMNT youngster would win the penalty that netted Stanford's third goal with a clever touch in the box that forced his defender to drag him down. The Cardinal tacked on one more to complete the rout and lift the College Cup.
Morris has lifted the cup and has pro teams, both domestic and abroad, drooling over his signature. There's nothing left for him prove at the College level. However, we still have no indication as to what way he's leaning. He still has one more year of College eligibility left, but the pros are banging at his door. Which way will he decide? For the USMNT's sake, hopefully it's the pro route. Morris has the talent to be a contributor for Jurgen Klinsmann's bunch right this very minute, but playing inferior competition and less frequently than his fellow strikers would put him at a severe disadvantage.