Current Stanford and Seattle Academy player Jordan Morris is blazing a trail that hasn’t been traveled since 1995, trying to become the first college player since then to make an appearance for a senior national team.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s sight is set four years in the future. Buckle up and check the flux capacitor, cause we are heading there.
Following the United States World Cup exit at the hands of Belgium, the head coach promised that he would shake and shift his lineup, showcasing the youth that has been and still is a work in progress.
That starts with Jordan Morris.
Currently attending Stanford University and a Seattle Soccer Academy, the now-sophomore is following a breakout freshman year. Leading all freshman in Stanford’s conference last year, that only begins to top such an impressive resume from the young gun.
That’s when he got the call-up.
Klinsmann wasn’t kidding when he stated that he was going to prepare for Russia, four years in advance. With an average age of 24 or less, Morris is getting his look earlier than many would have expected, slipping into a camp spot over others.
It’s been nineteen years since a college player has capped for his national team, and about fifteen years since one has made a national team camp, so it is a very exciting time for him and the nation.
Morris is looking forward to the September 3rd international friendly against the Czech Republic, lining up with another teenage star, Julian Green.
He joins the list of younger stars who are currently in development for the national team, all hoping to crack the squad soon. This is only the beginning for what should be a new cycle of players who we haven’t seen yet. Luckily, we get to see them now.