Jordan Morris carries Stanford to first men's title

In what could be his farewell game, Jordan Morris showed why he is the first collegian to play on the U.S. national team in two decades, scoring the first two goals and winning a penalty that produced the third goal in Stanford's 4-0 win over Clemson in the NCAA Division I men's  final. The championship game was in sharp contrast to the semifinals, both of which went to penalty kicks after 0-0 draws.

Stanford-Clemson: Highlights

Morris scored just 87 seconds into the final on passes from Eric Verso and Corey Baird. The Cardinal broke the game open in the second half on a great individual goal by Morris, a penalty kick by senior Brandon Vincent and a perfectly placed shot by Verso, a fifth-year senior.

Morris, who played for the senior national team and under-23 national team during the 2015 college season, is only a junior but expected to turn pro after the college season. The Seattle Sounders have made him the biggest Homegrown offer in MLS history, but he also has interest from clubs in Europe.

Morris wasn't a one man-show, however. He got great support up front from Foster Langsdorf and Baird and Verso in midfield. Like Morris, Langsdorf, Baird and Verso are all MLS academy products.

In the semifinals, Stanford survived a 10-round shootout to beat Akron, 8-7. Baird had the decisive kick after keeper Andrew Epstein saved the 10th attempt by Akron's Nate Shultz.

Clemson won its shootout over Syracuse, 4-1, getting a key stop by keeper Andrew Tarbell on Oyvind Alseth in the first round. The Orange had a huge edge in play, finishing with a 15-5 shot advantage, but could not beat Tarbell.

TRIVIA. Only twice before has a team won an NCAA Division I men's final by as many as four goals: Saint Louis over San Francisco in 1969 and San Francisco over SIU-Edwardsville in 1975, both 4-0 wins.

Dec. 13 in Kansas City, Kan.
Stanford 4 Clemson 0. Goals: Morris (E.Verso, Baird) 2, Morris (Baird, Langsdorf) 51, Vincent pen. 71, E.Verso 74.
Stanford -- Epstein, Skundrich, Nana-Sinkam, Vincent, Hilliard-Arce, Meehan, Thompson, E.Verso, Baird, Morris, Langsdorf. Subs: Bashti, Werner, Mosharrafa, M.Verso, Kahl, Marion, Liberty, Corti, Hyman, Alabi.
Clemson -- Tarbell, Jones, Fisher, Bunk-Andersen, Mafi, Clowes, Shannon, Moreno, Melvin, Casner, Campos. Subs: Murphy, Happi, Chinchilla, Burnikel.

9 comments about "Jordan Morris carries Stanford to first men's title".
  1. Ric Fonseca, December 13, 2015 at 6:09 p.m.

    "Interesting game," played in a near-empty stadium. It is a darned crying shame that the NCAA and its soccer "committee" must try and hold the final game in such venues, time and time again, and I heard the color commentators that the women's final had a much larger turn out? Why doesn't the NCAA move to hold games at one of the finalist's home fiedl, jeez, I betcha that Stanford could've had a pretty nice crowd in Palo Alto or even filled one third of Levy Stadium! And why do they persist/insist on having a cloak count down? What, can't they get away from the old ten second countdown, of the past? Congrats to the Stanford Tree, and lots of luck to Clemson next year!

  2. Wooden Ships, December 13, 2015 at 7:20 p.m.

    Ric, wasn't this game played in KC? Didn't get to watch. I know that it was poorly promoted, typical NCAA and soccer. And you're absolutely right about the click count down. It's an embarrassment in the soccer world. I coached in college for 11 seasons and from the first game to the last it bothered me. Couldn't help it nor ignore it. This countdown had to be out in place by non soccer people. If soccer people have a hand in it, then they need to be replaced. I think high schools do it too. It's bad enough that the center stops the clock on occasion but the countdown is the icing. My guess is that the other football in this country instituted this farce and laugh every time they here it. National soccer leaders get bold and change it.

  3. Robert Harris, December 13, 2015 at 7:35 p.m.

    The women's semi-final attendance of 11,676 was a WakeMed Soccer Park stadium record & 2nd largest attendance in Women's College Cup history. The women's final had an attendance of 10,676. It was the largest ever for a College Cup final at WakeMed Soccer Park.

  4. beautiful game, December 13, 2015 at 9:46 p.m.

    The venue was a joke. The NCAA committee should have a lobotomy. It would make more sense to have a final one week later at a finalists venue predetermined before the semi-final instead of two games in 48 hours. For a long time, the NCAA soccer committee has proven itself incompetent.

  5. Andy Hilliard replied, December 16, 2015 at 5:09 p.m.

    The venue was tremendous. The promotion and coordination was poor. Sporting KC is an amazing park and the people working there and in KC in general are terrific.

    However, why they didn't promote this better and combine this with other soccer events: MLS Final, NCAA women's Finals....this seems like an absolute no brainer and it's befuddling that the leadership both can't see it and execute it.

  6. Robert Euler, December 13, 2015 at 10:52 p.m.

    It is very straightforward. Follow the models of college softball and baseball who have been holding their World Series in the same locations for years with a loyal local fan base and a hospitality industry that understands it. They have both had to dramatically expand their facilities to accommodate increased attendance, and the TV viewership accordingly. If not, at least pick states where men's college soccer is actually played by more than one or two schools.

  7. Glenn Maddock, December 14, 2015 at 12:08 p.m.

    It was a disgrace. the NCAA and KC are to blame. KC is not a soccer town, or their fans would have shown up to support this. Rain is no excuse as they have a roof over the stands. When the final 4 was in LA, the stadium was packed for all 3 matches. If you're going to have it at a neutral site, it has to be a big soccer town, where fans will show support no matter who's playing.

  8. Jack Niner, December 14, 2015 at 4:55 p.m.

    Perhaps Mr Gardner would like to take the opportunity to finally apologize for the snide comment he made after Gunn lost the College Cup in 2011 coaching Charlotte:

    "When looking for a reference point for the crudest example of English soccer, the name that comes up as a sort of joke (there is an explanation, which won’t concern us here) is Scunthorpe United. Fairly or unfairly, Scunthorpe stands for mindless soccer. So it all fits rather neatly. Gunn is English and, when a boy, he played for Scunthorpe’s youth team."

    Mr Gardner you can refer to Mr Gunn as Champion.

    I'll leave with the same quote as in 2011:

    "It is not the critic who counts: nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena..who strives valianty; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who..if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

  9. James Madison, December 14, 2015 at 9:50 p.m.

    Well said, jack. IMHO, the combined promotional efforts of UC Berkeley, Stanford, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Jose easily could put goodly crowds in Avaya Stadium (SJ EQ's home) for the final four, regardless of whether any of their teams was competing, and the weather likely would be conducive to good soccer to boot. Go back to the 1970s, when some 7,500 in Cal's Memorial Stadium to watch Hartwick beat USF, and college soccer wasn't nearly as popular then as now.

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