Well, in news that broke yesterday, Sounders first team fixture DeAndre Yedlin and Academy star Jordan Morris both have been called into the U-20 US Mens Team camp. This is largely in preparation for the U-20 World Cup. Tab Ramos is building his squad and you better believe that he won’t allow them to go the way of the U-17 or U-23 sides. Granted the U-20 is already in the World Cup and neither of those sides qualified, but I’m speaking in a more… “one and done capacity”. I fully expect them to get out of group and mess some other countries up, if not winning the whole enchilada altogether.
Yedlin isn’t that big of surprise. I’m not sure when, but I know on the blog I’ve mentioned the extreme likelihood of him being called in for this camp and the World Cup in June/July time frame. Him being involved with the U-20 and then eventually the U-23 is going to happen. This is a double edged sword, but by no means a bad thing for the organization.
Lesser talked about name, and possibly more exciting is the call up of Sounders Academy Jordan Morris. Morris, has been mentioned around the blogosphere his fair share to where people like me that are unfamiliar with the Academy products or the U-23 side, still know of him. This will be his first National Team call-in, which is the true excitement.
I’ll be honest, I don’t know much except what I read. So I decided to do some digging and come up with a bit of info to share with you guys.
Mercer Island High School Coach Steve Newman (one time NASL Sounder, yes that’s a theme in Puget Sound soccer circles) supplied this profile of Jordan via email, “Wonderful player with tight ball skills and knows how and when to lay the ball off. Not selfish, thought this may change with his move upfront. Great turn-on speed.” Strong dribbling skills developed as a midfielder should help during an adjustment to a forward role. – Dave Clark, SoundersFC.com 9/21/12
He ranks 4th over all in Top Ten Scoreres in U18 Development Academy (as of March 15), is considered the 4th best Northwest prospect for the 2013 crop and currently sits #86 on the IMG Academy top-150.
Here is an awesome video of a header the lad had that scored a goal against the Timber reserves last season. Note, that pass was delivered by now San Jose Earthquake midfielder, Cordel Cato (First Jaso, then Cato and now Wells… screw you bay area and Billy Beane–for those that didn’t know he has minority ownership stake in the Quakes). I miss that guy.
And here is a nice video of him telling SoundersFC.com of why he chose to go to commit to Stanford.
This is a cool video because it kind of gives us a brief insight of the young man himself and who he is as a person and not just as a prospective young player.
Which reminds me of when I played soccer. I played against another young person who looked similar to Morris, his name was Lance. Lance was kind of a prick. I’m sure that’s not very nice of me to say after 10 years ago, but I have a blog that gets 12 visits a day. I can get away with that sort of thing.
So in summation: Yedlin finally called back in, Morris first call in ever and Lance is (because I’m sure he still is the way he was back in high school) a prick.