Earlier today, Jordan Morris was officially named the best rookie this season and the first Sounder to win this award. Entering the season, Morris signed the most lucrative Homegrown contract in MLS history by agreeing to a three-year deal worth $675K with the Seattle Sounders.
In addition to his amazing rookie campaign, the Seattle Sounders and US men’s national team forward recorded one of the most memorable rookie campaigns ever in 2016. The young American set an American rookie record and led the Sounders with 12 goals in 34 regular season appearances.
Interestingly, The 12 goals that the young poacher scored marks the second-highest total for a rookie in MLS history, only trailing the rookie record of 17 goals set by Orlando City’s Cyle Larin last year.
Also, he recorded four assists and he helped the Sounders compiled a 10-2-1 record in matches in which he scored.
The 22-year-old forward beat out Philadelphia Union defender Keegan Rosenberry and New York City FC attacker Jack Harrison for the award, taking nearly 45 percent of the combined player, media and club vote, roughly 15 percent more than runner-up Rosenberry. That is a huge difference in the voting department. Honestly, Morris was the favorite to win the award before the season started and he made it happen.
Furthermore, the Seattle native is helping the Sounders move deeper into the MLS playoffs. He played a crucial role in all three of the Sounders’ playoff matches and registering an assist in the club’s 3-0 win against FC Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal series. He started all three games so far.
Finally, Morris is also representing America against Mexico in tomorrow’s bout. Morris has 12 caps for the USMNT, including a memorable first goal in a 2-0 victory over Mexico in April 2015. The US has an undefeated 5-0-0 record in matches Morris has appeared in this year. Morris is a lucky charm for both his country and club.