image via Seattle Sounders Twitter account
The surprisingly dramatic process of USMNT forward Jordan Morris selecting his first professional club came to and end Thursday when he and the Seattle Sounders announced officially that Morris would be joining the club. Morris is a homegrown player from Seattle, so the club was able to sign him without dealing with the MLS Superdraft or any other barriers. The only drama was that Morris chose to take a trial at German club Werder Bremen which reportedly ended with the Stanford forward being offered a contract. Morris declined the offer saying he was homesick, which left him to sign what is being reported as the largest MLS homegrown player contract of all time.
Morris will join fellow USMNT forward Clint Dempsey and 2014 MLS Best XI member Obafemi Martins, leading to speculation that Seattle will utilize a 4-3-3 style play in order to give all three of their extremely talented forwards playing time. The signing will help Seattle compete against their Cascadia Cup rival Portland Timbers who are coming off of an MLS Cup championship winning 2015 season. Morris playing with Seattle should also give the 21 year old a chance to bond on-field with Dempsey, possibly leading to a boost in team chemistry if both are chosen to play for USMNT.