Sounders FC loan forward Jordan Morris to Swansea City
Sounders FC announced today that they have loaned forward Jordan Morris to Swansea City from the English Championship. Morris will join the Welsh squad immediately and will remain with the club throughout their 2020-2021 campaign, which is expected to end in May. Since signing as a home player ahead of the 2016 season, Morris has scored 41 goals and 23 assists in 121 MLS appearances (including playoff games), helping Rave Green to four MLS Cup appearances and two championships. . The Mercer Island native was named 2016 MLS Newcomer of the Year, 2019 MLS Returning Player of the Year, and 2020 MLS Top XI Selection and Finalist for the Player’s Award. most valuable of the MLS Landon Donovan 2020.
“When our club signed Jordan as a home player ahead of the 2016 season, we said at the time that he was a unique person with a special relationship with Sounders FC. That feeling is as true today as it was back then, and we have worked directly with Jordan and his family to secure this loan deal as he seeks to take a career milestone, ”said the director. General and President of Soccer of Sounders FC, Garth Lagerwey. . “As one of the best soccer players West Washington has produced and an even better ambassador for our community, Jordan means a lot to our fans, our club and the Puget Sound region. We know he will represent us well as he begins his journey in English football, and we wish him the best of luck as he prepares to help Swansea in his efforts to advance to the Premier League. Ultimately, this move is about Jordan and what he expects from his career. Our club and our city are behind him as he begins the next phase of his journey, and if he returns to Seattle at the end of this loan, we know he will be stronger for the experience.
Morris has just won his second consecutive Sounders FC MVP award after appearing in Sounders FC’s 22 regular-season games in 2020. His 10 goals were tied for fifth in MLS and his eight assists tied for fourth. His 18 goals and assists combined were tied for second place in the league with MLS Golden Boot winner Diego Rossi, behind only Alejandro Pozuelo’s 19. 2019. Since signing with Sounders FC prior to the 2016 season, Morris has totaled 35 goals and 20 assists in 105 regular season appearances, in addition to six goals and three assists in 16 playoff games. Morris was one of three Sounders FC players to be named to the 2020 MLS Best XI squad (Nico Lodeiro, Raúl Ruidíaz) and one of the club’s two finalists for Landon Donovan MLS MVP 2020 ( Lodeiro).
The versatile forward is preparing to join a Swansea City side that are in the midst of a push for the Premier League, England’s top-flight division and one of the elite club football circuits in the world. Swansea was the last in the Premier League in the 2017-18 season before being relegated that campaign. The Swans currently sit second in the English Football League championship – England’s highly competitive section level – with the league’s top two positions automatically qualifying for the Premier League. Places three through six face off in a four-team playoff series at the end of the season, with the winner securing the third and final promotion position for the upcoming Premier League season. Swansea have 22 appearances remaining in their current league campaign, while the club are also still alive in the FA Cup, the world’s oldest club knockout competition.
“I am very proud of the player and the professional that Jordan has become. He played an important role in the success of this club and more than deserved this opportunity to practice his profession abroad, ”said Sounders FC head coach Brian Schmetzer. “This particular decision gives him a chance to showcase his skills and opens up a number of options for his future. On top of that, I’m delighted to see him play for Swansea.
A fixture on the United States Men’s National Team, Morris has 39 international appearances and 10 goals for the USMNT since his debut in 2014 while attending Stanford University, where he led the Cardinal to a championship. NCAA National and won the 2015 MAC Hermann Trophy. Prior to his stint at Stanford, Morris joined Sounders FC Academy in 2012 and continued to play for the club’s U-18 team, scoring 28 goals in 32 games, while being named the 2012-2013 US Soccer Development Academy National Player of the Year. .