MLS Rookie Watch: Morris' competition in Class of 2016

Jordan Morris  became the first rookie to score in MLS this season when he had the second goal in the Seattle Sounders' 2-1 win over the Philadelphia. He is one of only five rookies to have played more than 250 minutes through MLS's first seven weeks. The other four are all defenders.

Unlike Morris, who left Stanford after his junior season, the other four players all played four years of college soccer. Philadelphia Union right back Keegan Rosenberry, who attended Georgetown, is the only rookie to have played every minute so far this season.

Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina) and Brandon Vincent (Stanford) play for the Chicago Fire, whose shutout streak of 411 minutes was snapped in the 2-1 loss to Montreal on Saturday.

The surprise of the rookie class has been New Zealand youth international Kip Colvey, who has started three games for the San Jose Earthquakes after being taken in the third round of the SuperDraft out of Cal Poly.

MLS rookie classifications exclude players who have previous pro experience even if it is only in the U.S. lower divisions. Players in that category include Philadelphia defender Kenny Tribbett, a second-year pro who has started five games, and Oalex Anderson, who made his first start alongside Morris for Seattle on Saturday. Anderson, the St. Vincent & The Grenadines international spent 2015 with S2 in the USL.

2016 MLS Rookies:
540 Keegan Rosenberry,  Philadelphia, 2nd pick
495 Jonathan Campbell, Chicago, 12th pick
424 Jordan Morris, Seattle (1 goal), Homegrown
315  Kip Colvey,  San Jose, 49th pick
270 Brandon Vincent, Chicago, 4th pick
220 Tsubasa Endoh, Toronto FC, 9th pick
95 Alex Muyl, NY Red Bulls, Homegrown
90 Aaron Guillen, FC Dallas, Homegrown
90 Joshua Yaro,  Philadelphia, 3rd pick (GA)
66 Fabian Herbers, Philadelphia, 6th pick (GA)
39 Alex Morrell, Chicago, 22nd pick
34 Julian Buescher, D.C. United, 11th pick (GA)
30 Hadji Barry, Orlando City (1 assist), 13th pick
29 Femi Hollinger-Janzen, New England, 51st pick
16 Joey Calistri
Chicago, Homegrown
9 Timo Pitter, FC Dallas, 33rd pick
1 Rodrigo Saravia, Columbus, 19th pick

2 comments about "MLS Rookie Watch: Morris' competition in Class of 2016".
  1. Peter Noonan, April 19, 2016 at 10:54 a.m.

    Your sign-in routine, not what it used to be on my computer, is very awkward.

  2. BJ Genovese, April 19, 2016 at 11:53 p.m.

    Wait,,, are you telling me that the only rookie player out of five... who is the only forward scored a goal. Wow! More Jordan Morris hype train...

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