Chances are Jordan Morris will be a part of many United States vs. Mexico matches in his career, however Friday night may not be one of them.
The young striker was substituted at halftime of the Seattle Sounders triumphant Western conference semifinal second leg against FC Dallas with what has been diagnosed as a hamstring injury by the team.
Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer wouldn’t rule out Morris’ chances to play for the USMNT in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica, but he didn’t sound very optimistic after the match. He told Sounder At Heart:
“These games for the national team are really super important as well, so they wouldn’t want to take a player who might be injured and risk putting him in a game.”
This injury comes just hours after being named to the roster by Jurgen Klinsmann after a great MLS rookie season that will likely see him win the Rookie of the Year award in a few weeks.
Especially since Clint Dempsey went down for the season, Morris has picked up the responsibility of being a goalscorer and a playmaker for the Sounders. It’s a shame that his World Cup qualifying status could be jeopardy as he might have played a huge role off the bench for the team.
We’ll have to wait and see exactly how this situation is handled. Perhaps someone like Juan Agudelo could be in line to replace him if he’s withdrawn.