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Morris in doubt for USMNT after suffering hamstring injury

Photo by Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another injury issue for the U.S. Men’s National Team that may see a player miss upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Adding to last week’s Geoff Cameron woes, the Seattle Sounders’ Jordan Morris suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of the team’s conference semifinal second leg against FC Dallas and may be forced to miss time for the USMNT.

The roster for Jurgen Klinsmann’s team was announced on Sunday and Morris was included, but club coach Brian Schmetzer cast his status in doubt after the team’s match.

“It’s a hamstring strain, that’s all I can say because we’ve gotta get him evaluated,” Schmetzer said. “He wasn’t able to continue on examination at halftime by our trainers. We just felt that he couldn’t go, Jordan felt that he couldn’t go, so we had to scramble at the last minute and make a change.”

While not definitively ruling Morris out of the USMNT, Schmetzer was pessimistic about the possibility of Morris joining up with the team.

“That’s out of my control. What is obviously always most important is the health of the players,” he elaborated. “These games for the national team are really super important as well, so they wouldn’t want to take a player who might be injured and risk playing him in a game. The stakes are too high. It’s, again, really early and he will be fully evaluated by our staff, by the U.S. staff and we’ll go from there.”

The USMNT plays Mexico on Nov. 11 and Costa Rica on Nov. 15, while the Seattle Sounders resume their playoff hunt in the conference finals on Nov. 22 against the Colorado Rapids.


  1. Between wood green altidore and Johansson the us is covered at forward given that we will probably see a 4-4-2. Personally I’d like to see Jozy and green start with wood at a sub to our work mexico’s tired defenders.

    • I’m not sure about a Jozy-Green combination. Bayern plays with one central striker and two wingers, not saying Green couldn’t work in a striker pair just given his short time as a center forward and limited time in that type of formation it might be too much to ask at this point. I think if Green starts it will be on the wing in a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 formation.

  2. US Soccer posted a video of the guys warming up on their twitter and I’m pretty sure Morris is jogging with the rest of the guys, but the video is a little grainy.


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