When Jurgen Klinsmann's final 23-man roster for this summer's Copa America Centenario released onto the world, one glaring absence was that of Seattle Sounders' striker Jordan Morris. The 21-year-old in his rookie season in MLS started his campaign off slowly, but came on strong with a four goals in four straight games run. Many thought that would surely be enough to get him onto the USMNT's roster.
Klinsmann decided against bringing Morris and instead admittedly opted for San Jose Earthquakes veteran Chris Wondolowski.
The Washington native spoke to MLSSoccer.com on Tuesday to discuss his feelings about being left off the roster. His emotions ranged from obvious disappointment to understanding the situation and aiming to improve so he doesn't miss out in the future.
"[Klinsmann] told me not take it too hard and that there was a lot of competition," Morris said. "I completely respect his decision. There were a lot of good forwards playing and they're all playing really well. I wish those guys all the best. It's going to be a lot of fun to watch this summer."
The youngster was complimentary to Wondolowski as well, saying that he's a different type of player.
"He's just such a good finisher in the box," Morris said of Wondolowski. "He just knows how to score goals and knows his way in and around the box. He's better than me at that for sure. I think we have different skill sets and Jurgen went with his, which is totally understandable."
-Jordan Morris; Source: MLSSoccer.com
Morris must be commended for showing such maturity after a disappointing moment in his young career. His obvious talent coupled with that maturity should see him get many call-ups to the national team in the future. Unfortunately for him, this just wasn't his time.