By RYAN TOLMICH
Jordan Morris has decided to wait one more year before going pro.
Stanford confirmed to SBI that the 20-year-old forward will return to the Cardinal for his junior season. The forward, who hails from Mercer Island, Washington, reportedly turned down a homegrown player contract from the Seattle Sounders.
“After much thought and discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided to continue my education at Stanford and will return to The Farm for my junior year,” Morris said in a statement. “My teammates, coaches, professors and peers make Stanford a special place. Here I am provided the unique opportunity to both play the game I love and learn at one of the world’s great universities.
“Playing professionally is a dream of mine and I feel that Stanford will prepare me extremely well to realize that goal, but also for life after soccer. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to represent this university both on and off the field and look forward to working with my teammates to make our 2015 season a success.”
Morris came to prominence in August when the Cardinal forward became the first collegiate player to earn a call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team since Chris Albright in 1999. The 20-year-old proceeded to become the first college player to earn a cap since 1995 in the USMNT’s 4-1 loss to Ireland in November.
With Stanford, Morris was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist and scored four goals and added six assists in 15 starts.
A member of the Seattle Sounders youth setup since 2012, Morris remains eligible for a homegrown player contract with Seattle.
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