It's the question on every United States soccer fan's mind. When will Jordan Morris finally leave college and turn pro? The answer, according to the Stanford junior, is soon. Morris tells Matt Pentz of The Seattle Times that he decided to play one more season with the Cardinal because of sentimental reasons.
"It was never really about the money at all," Morris said. "It was more that I am just really, truly loving it at Stanford and I realized I'd never get that experience back. The pro game will be there in another six months."
Morris' ultimate goal as a soccer player, he says, is to one day play in a World Cup. "I want to play in a World Cup someday if that's ever possible." The 20-year-old dynamic attacker credits Jurgen Klinsmann for giving him the freedom to continue his college career without putting pressure on him to turn pro. "I think that's the goal for a lot of players. If something was hurting that (chance), I might have to reconsider some things. But it's been great, and Jurgen has been amazing with me."
The eventual question once Morris is finally ready to dive into the professional waters, is Seattle Sounders or Europe? The Sounders have made him several offers, which he has turned down to stay in college. With Morris' sudden meteoric rise on the international stage with the USA U-23's and full U.S. national team, European scouts are surely taking notice. Morris is non-committal either way, "I'm still just considering all my options and we'll have to see what comes out of it."
Winter is coming, and hopefully Jordan Morris is soon to follow. We will finally get to see how the talented forward stacks up in the professional game. If his performances with the USMNT in 2015 so far are any indication, he should have no problem adapting to a higher level of play.