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Quakes' Morrow surprise selection
by Paul Kennedy, July 20th, 2012 12:53AM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] MLS All-Star Coach Ben Olsen has added San Jose Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow as a replacement for injured New York Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce on the roster for next Wednesday’s AT&T MLS All-Star game against Chelsea at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (8:30 p.m., ESPN2, TeleFutura, TSN2). If you've never heard of Morrow, you're probably not alone. Until this season, he had played only 12 pro matches for one MLS's less visible clubs, but his solid play on the Quakes' backline this season has been one of the keys to their climb to the top of the MLS standings.

Following Wednesday's 2-1 win over FC Dallas that extended the Quakes' lead in the Supporter's Shield race to seven points, San Jose coach Frank Yallop praised Morrow, the youngest MLS all-star at the age of 24.

“Justin’s playing as well as anybody, not just for us but in the league,” Yallop told reporters. “Sometimes mentally, it takes a little while for the players coming out of college to come to grips with this league. And he’s really got to grips with it.”

Yallop's praise came after a rare mental mistake by Morrow, whose encroachment on Chris Wondolowski’s successful penalty kick resulted in a retake that was saved by Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, thereby negating at 18th goal for Wondolowski.

Morrow, a product of Notre Dame out of Cleveland, joins teammates Ramiro Corrales, Chris Wondolowski and Steven Beitashour on the MLS All-Star team.

He has played every minute of the Quakes' 21 games, alternating between center and left back.

The 1,890 minutes are double the 869 minutes he played his first two seasons.



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  1. David Sirias
    commented on: July 20, 2012 at 1:52 p.m.
    Bet Morrow never makes that encroachment mistake again. Like all MLS teams, the Quakes cannot afford to import their way to the top. That the quakes are using young, hungry college trained players with little pedigree in key positions playing so well (and learning from their mistakes) is a testament to the organization (for sticking with the plan with whom many lost patience) and with the coach (who many wanted gone a few years ago) I stil think college soccer is terminal for purposes of MLS longterm, but until we arrive at MLS 3.0 and mostly academy products feeding into all rosters, the MLS teams that find the college gems amongst the muck will have a leg up, so to speak....

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