MLS Rookie of the year and U.S. National team forward Jordan Morris says he looks to Mexico’s Chicharito and Uruguay's Luis Suarez as an influence on his style of play.
The 22-year old striker had a very successful campaign with the Seattle Sounders this past season. Morris tallied 12 goals and four assists during the regular season. He also added two goals and one assist during the Sounders’ run to the MLS Cup Final.
However, Morris wants to expand his role and impact on both the Sounders and the U.S. National team. To do so, Morris watches how the best strikers in the world move.
"I watch as a casual fan, but I also definitely try to watch guys who play my position," Morris said while on The Ringer's soccer podcast. "They’re the poachers in the box who make these movements or don't make these movements, and how they get so wide open in the box to finish off these plays. For me as a forward, that’s always part of my game. What I’m trying to get better at is my finishing and in the box trying to be more of a poacher. I look at Chicharito and Suarez, their movement and what they do to get open and make space for themselves and of course the finishing touch they put on it. I definitely like to watch guys like that to see how I can improve my game."
Two of the best poachers and goal scorers in the world are Chicharito and Suarez, he is definitely watching the right people.
Morris showed us his inner Suarez and Chicharito when he scored the first goal of the U.S. team’s 2017 campaign. That was his first goal for the team is almost two years.
2017 is off to a great start for Morris. Here is to hoping Morris keeps scoring and keeps on progressing his game.