Jordan Morris sweepstakes: Sounders should get their man

The Jordan Morris sweepstakes has come to an end. On Tuesday, Werder Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin issued a statement that the young U.S. international, who spent the last week training with the Bundesliga club in Turkey, will be returning to the United States, presumably to sign a Homegrown Player contract with MLS's Seattle Sounders.

"The player has made it clear after intensive discussions that he currently sees its future in America," said Eichin. "This decision, we respect, of course. We are in a situation where we need players who completely identify with Werder and the way here and can fully focus on the task."

Werder, which resumes the German season on Sunday after the winter break, faces a relegation battle.
24 comments about " Jordan Morris sweepstakes: Sounders should get their man".
  1. Wooden Ships, January 19, 2016 at 12:50 p.m.

    I'm surprised at this news. Cultural immersion in another country isn't for everyone. That might not have been a factor, but it can be daunting for some. Maybe he didn't exhibit the commitment they were looking for. Maybe, maybe he thinks Seatle is best for him. Have to respect that. He has the chance to be a scorer for us for years to come.
    It also could mean that he will be able to more readily finish a Stanford degree while being a Sounder. This is certainly good news for MLS.

  2. beautiful game, January 19, 2016 at 1:06 p.m.

    His personal decision must be respected. A move overseas is not for everyone. LD can attest to that.

  3. James Froehlich, January 19, 2016 at 1:24 p.m.

    Good for him personally but awful for US soccer. Good luck, Jordan! Americans just can't leave "home cooking" behind?

  4. Greg Giese, January 19, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

    Only he knows if this is best and even he has a good chance of being wrong. I just wish our other returning players had improved when coming back. Landon appeared to flourish but the rest I'm not so sure. Those that made DP can surely say they are set $$-wise if they manage their $$ well. Homegrown you better get that Stanford degree in the off-season my friend.

  5. Ric Fonseca, January 19, 2016 at 2:15 p.m.

    I feel that he's made an excellent decision, all be it I am sure that as James F says above, can't beat ..."home cookin...(sic)" I agree with his choice, and to some degree, he may have thought about what happened to LD, also it'd behoove him to complete his Stanford degree, and 'sides, Coach Sigi will sure as tootin' look after him and he'll be in "great hands...."

  6. Vic Flegel, January 19, 2016 at 3:22 p.m.

    Good choice for not wasting your time in Europe,like Jovan Kirovski,Eddie Jhonson,Bobby Convey,Freddy Adu,and others.

  7. Brian Kraft replied, January 19, 2016 at 6:42 p.m.

    After struggling his first reason at Reading, Convey was instrumental in their very first promotion to the Prem in 2006. He never quite fully blossomed, but he did something significant over there.

  8. Toby Rappolt, January 19, 2016 at 4:36 p.m.

    Would a 21 year old Brazilian had passed up a chance to play with Werder Bremen and decided to stay in Brazil and play with Clube Atletico Paranaense? Or a Ghanaian to stay in Ghana and play with Accra Hearts of Oak? Or any 21 year old in South or Central America?

    Highly unlikely.

    And maybe this is another difference between us and them and why their players are so much better than ours.

    If I went to Stanford and my father was an MD, I'd probably stay home too.

  9. Carlos Figueroa replied, January 20, 2016 at 9:22 a.m.

    You're taking for granted the advantages of living in a first world country.

  10. don Lamb replied, January 22, 2016 at 10:42 a.m.

    Or maybe this is a sign of the growth of MLS. If we are able to hold on to some good young talent, that will really be good for the league. And it is proven that spending a couple/few years in MLS at the beginning of your career can be a good step toward a European career. There is hardly any evidence that jumping to Europe from the start is the best route for American player development.

  11. Karl Schreiber, January 19, 2016 at 4:38 p.m.

    Reading the tea leaves, you may want to consider the last sentence in Eichin’s statement about Morris: “Therefore we refrain from taking him under contract but plan on maintaining close contact with him and will consider a collaboration at a later time.”
    [Ref. kreiszeitung.de]
    Bremen is in a relegation spot and many see the future of this club in the second Bundesliga.

  12. Wooden Ships, January 19, 2016 at 4:46 p.m.

    Have to chime in again. I wonder what was offered and if it was way below what the Sounders offered? Anyway, the best players want to play in the best leagues. I don't see how going overseas harms your game. Do we believe that MLS players exclusively, anytime in the near future, will improve our competitiveness against the strongest soccer nations? My opinion is no. The technical skills, creativity and intuitiveness are largely there or not as you hit your latter teen years. Sure, you can increase them a little beyond your teen years, but not much. What players can benefit from overseas is a mental toughness and focus that will make them more effective. The names listed above that didn't seem to benefit, not sure if that's the case or not, maybe weren't good enough at that level. And that's the point. Once we have many competing in the best leagues, then we will be a threat. Being a USMNT player or star player, in the states isn't going to raise eyebrows internationally. I'm not always a fan of JK roster selections but he is correct about playing overseas and champions league experience. And while, I have been a fan and known a couple of our national team coaches, wasn't real impressed with Sampson, Arena nor Bradley stated this requisite.

  13. Ginger Peeler, January 19, 2016 at 4:48 p.m.

    Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated in a Planet Football commentary makes it very clear why we'll have Morris around for awhile...and it's not the end of the world for the USMNT or its fans. Sigi is going to be great for his training. I look forward to seeing how Morris, Dempsey and Martins play for the Sounders. Should be fun to watch.

  14. Wooden Ships replied, January 19, 2016 at 5:28 p.m.

    I agree Ginger, they should be fun to see. And, no its not the end of the world for national team fans. But, his upside won't be as up playing MLS. Again, JK is nudging us in the direction our players need to go, but OUR arrogance knows best.

  15. James a Sutton, January 19, 2016 at 5:45 p.m.

    Good Luck to you, and it's an intensly personal decision. Not ours to make, So God Bless, and lets all keep our eyes out for a talented kid who has some smarts, so I assume he thought this through... MLS has definately made some great strides lately, and more talent is still coming..

  16. Wooden Ships replied, January 19, 2016 at 6:34 p.m.

    I agree with you James and I'm really impressed with Jordan. I'm sure he did think it through and I wish home the best. The MLS is getting better gradually. I'm just a little concerned that our best might not thirst for the most challenging leagues and situations.

  17. don Lamb replied, January 22, 2016 at 10:49 a.m.

    Yeah, he clearly doesn't have that "thirst" to compete against the best. He should go to Barcelona and offer himself as a free practice player in an effort to prove that he can play with the best. Then he can get a contract once he proves himself and play in Champions League. If it doesn't work, he can go to another team in Europe and try it there. The most important this is that he shows how thirsty he is!!

  18. Christopher Tallmadge, January 19, 2016 at 10:19 p.m.

    Bremen is in relegation trouble. Why join the crew of a sinking ship? A good year or two in Seattle and other opportunities will come.

  19. Wooden Ships replied, January 19, 2016 at 11:02 p.m.

    Good point.

  20. R2 Dad replied, January 20, 2016 at 12:18 a.m.

    These contracts are written with escape clauses so that players can avoid relegation. Maybe they weren't offering that to JM? Anyway, now that he will stay at MLS we will have an ongoing litmus test for the ability (or lack of) of MLS to continue developing players. There is already a big drop-off from 18-21--continued USMNT camps will not be able to bridge the gap between MLS and top leagues. What no one has mentioned is that all the learning happens in practice. Hopefully Sounders coaching staff is up to the task. What was Odegaard's big payoff for signing with Real Madrid? He got to train with the first team.

  21. Bob Ashpole, January 20, 2016 at 6:39 p.m.

    I am not surprised. This is a team that will be relegated. It would be like accepting a job offer from Radio Shack, Circuit City or Borders. No job security there. The club will survive, but it will be reorganized.

  22. cisco martinez, January 20, 2016 at 7:05 p.m.

    Morris coming from Stanford, boy that was stupid not to take a contract from Werdem Bremen.

  23. Wooden Ships replied, January 20, 2016 at 7:24 p.m.

    On the surface I tend to agree Cisco. Did they actually make an offer, I wonder?

  24. don Lamb replied, January 22, 2016 at 10:56 a.m.

    Says the guy who has absolutely no idea what the terms of the contract were. And even if you did, there is much more to consider here than just signing with Bremen. It's not really such a great situation if you really look closely at it without being blinded by the words Werder Bremen and Bundesliga. On the other hand, the offer he took does seem like a pretty good situation if you are mature enough to consider what it means without automatically thinking "MLS is is not good for development" or "he is just staying close to home/daddy."

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