The American soccersphere was in shock when Jordan Morris' name appeared in the United States starting lineup against Mexico. Jurgen Klinsmann's unpredictability had once again left the U.S. fan base and media scratching their heads. And yet inserting the Stanford University forward proved to be a stroke of genius by Klinsmann.
Despite starting off the match with a few heavy touches, Morris never looked out of place. In fact, he arguably looked the better of the two starting strikers with Zardes struggling to hold the ball. After getting his emotions in check and settling his nerves, Morris provided a glimpse of his impressive skill set that many scouts constantly rave about. With a combination of raw speed and technical ability, it's easy to see why the USMNT staff grants him call ups despite his amateur status.
Four minutes into the second half a deflection off a Mexico defender found Morris in a dangerous spot near the penalty area. One composed touch later and he found himself one on one with the Mexico keeper. Showing the poise of a veteran, he clinically slotted home his first international goal. One goal will not make his career, but it should alleviate some doubt that he doesn't deserve all the accolades and opportunities he's received.
It is frustrating, purely as a soccer fan, to see an immensely talented kid like Morris not playing professionally. Sometimes however, you have to factor in the human element. He deserves the chance to get his college degree from a top school like Stanford in case soccer doesn't work out for him. Whether you can accept that or not is up to you. Despite Klinsmann's managerial deficiencies, he's shown a trained eye for identifying young talent. If Klinsmann and his scouts believe Morris is ready to contribute to the national team, we should trust them.