Jordan Morris first U.S. team call-up from college since 1995
Stanford sophomore forward Jordan Morris was expected to be in the lineup for the Cardinal for their season opener against Creighton in Omaha on Friday night, but that was before Jurgen Klinsmann came calling.
Morris was one of 22 players Klinsmann called into the U.S. camp ahead of their friendly with the Czech Republic in Prague on Sept. 3, becoming the first active college player to get a senior U.S. team call-up since Ante Razov received a call while still at UCLA in 1995. Razov went on to earn 26 caps for the U.S. team while playing 14 seasons in Major League Soccer.
A Seattle Sounders Academy product, Morris scored six goals and dished out seven assists in his first year at Stanford, earning him all-Pac 12 first team honors. Morris scored the eventual game-winner in the U.S. under-23 team’s 5-1 victory over the Bahamas on Aug. 6 and earned three caps with the U-20 side at the Toulon Tournament in France in early June 2013.
Morris practiced with the U.S. team earlier this summer when they visited Stanford for a pre-World Cup camp.
“We have watched Jordan through our Youth National Teams and in the Development Academy for the last couple of years, and he is a very promising player,” Klinsmann was quoted saying in an article on the Stanford men’s soccer website. “We saw him during our two weeks at Stanford for the World Cup preparation camp, and also from his play with U-23 team in the Bahamas, and we felt like this was a good opportunity to introduce him to the Senior Team.”