Jordan Morris came into his rookie season in MLS with massive expectations and pressure. The Seattle Sounders sold one of the best players they’ve ever had in Obafemi Martins
to make room for the highly touted American youngster. for totally unrelated reasons and because they aren't smart.
It’s been an up-and-down season for Morris who has drawn criticism for not being clinical enough in front of goal, but today he scored his 11th goal of the season, the most any American rookie has ever scored in MLS. And what a goal it was to get the record:
That pace from @JmoSmooth13...— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 25, 2016
The rookie puts @SoundersFC in front. #LAvSEA https://t.co/fjJ7o7BmAB
Morris outmuscled LA Galaxy defender, Daniel Steres, to go in on goal 1 v 1. Much-maligned for his finishing ability this season, the U.S. international made no mistake with a beautiful finish into the top corner with the outside of his right foot.
It’s moments like these when you realize that he’s a special player with so much to offer despite some of the flaws that may be present in his game.
He scored again to make it 3-1, bringing his goal total on the season to 12. He’s only five shy of Cyle Larin’s MLS rookie record of 17 in a season.
His national team buddy and sometimes strike partner, Jozy Altidore, was impressed with the solo effort:
September 25, 2016