Very humbled by all the love and support. Thank you all! I'm so sad I won't be out in front of you guys playing right now, but I promise I'll work hard everyday to comeback stronger and get back on the field playing for the team and city I love #SSFC pic.twitter.com/U2BuR99hDJ— Jordan Morris (@JmoSmooth13) February 26, 2018
MLS: Projecting the 23
Lagerwey said the Sounders had not been focused on signing a forward like Morris, whose pace complemented the other forwards they have in Clint Dempsey and Will Bruin.
''We had a really good complement of skill sets of playing in that position in a 4-2-3-1," Lagerwey said. "Obviously, we're going to have to revise our search a little bit."
Lagerwey also tried to play down concern about the impact Morris' injury will have on the Sounders, noting they lost one game in four months without him last fall and advanced to MLS Cup.
"We are underrating our locker room and our players," he added, "and disrespecting those who got us here."
With that said, Lagerwey said the Sounders will need to go out and sign a new forward to replace Morris for the 2018 season.
Some of the variables they will play into the decision:
-- DP signing or TAM signing? The Sounders has the ability to manuever and go either way.
-- Signing in MLS's primary or secondary window? A signing in MLS's primary window will fill the void immediately; more players are available in July though there is more competition for players.
-- Signing a player looking to for playing time before the World Cup? Lagerwey noted that MLS will be the only major league whose window will still be open as of Thursday for players looking to bolster their chances of making a World Cup roster. (China's window closes on Wednesday. Russia's closed last Thursday).