"Having too many good players is never an issue," said Schmid at Thursday's introduction. "You can't have enough of them, at the end of the day. I think Jordan is a forward. He still has a useful exuberance that he could probably run on the flank for a little bit. How we are going to play this year will be determined more into the preseason. We're obviously leaning more towards three strikers or a narrower front than we have in the past to make use of the talent we have."
Morris was a forward at Stanford and has had most of his success on the national team as a forward.
"He has some qualities that you can't teach," added Schmid. "When you find players who have that, he has an ability to shield the ball off defenders, he has really good balance and he has an ability to finish. When you have that, and the commitment and dedication to go with it, you can go a long way."
Dempsey has never played with Morris on the national team, but he knows the Stanford product from the times he has trained with the
"He's done well with Stanford by winning the national championship," Dempsey said at Tuesday's MLS Media Day. "He's done well when he's gotten called into the national team. I've trained a few times with him at Seattle. He's a player that has a bright future."
As Dempsey pointed out, Schmid is already going to have to figure out how to incorporate Valdez, the Paraguayan international, into the team. Dempsey and Martins have played together for three seasons, while the 32-year-old Valdez made just five starts after coming over from Germany's Bundesliga, where he played over 200 games.
“There’s always room for quality players in a team,” Dempsey added. “The trick as a manager is to figure out how to bring the best out of your team and what positions to play players in to what formation. You have to wait and see what happens with what team you end up having, figure out who's going to play where."
Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer made it clear that the high-profile signing of a local product -- Morris' father, Dr. Michael Morris, is the Sounders' chief medical director -- would not influence Morris' playing time.
"We feel like this is a pretty big club with a big fan base with big players," he said. "We love Jordan, but we have much bigger players than Jordan today.
Jordan has got to earn his way on to the field."
Jordan Morris Career:
GP/G/A TEAM YEAR
21/6/7 Stanford (2013)
15/4/6 Stanford (2014)
18/13/3 Stanford (2014)
1/0/0 USA (2014)
6/1/1 USA (2015)
11/6/4 U.S. U-23 (2015)
3/0/0 U.S. U-20 (2015)
Preseason starts for the Sounders on Friday at the club's Starfire Sports training facility in Tukwila, but Morris won't join the team until after the U.S. national team plays its friendly games against Iceland and Canada.
The Sounders have a game against the Portland Timbers the day Morris is expected to join the team at camp in Tucson, Arizona, but his first game with the Sounders will likely be on Feb. 9 against Mexican club Celaya in a friendly in Tucson.
Morris' first competitive match -- and first home game -- with the Sounders will likely be on Feb. 23 against Mexican club Club America in the first leg of their Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League series at CenturyLink Field.