The Seattle Sounders had to make due without Jordan Morris during the stretch run last season. It appears they will now have to do the same for much of 2018.
The 23-year-old forward has suffered a torn ACL that will sideline him 6-9 months, Fox Sports reported on Saturday.
Terrible start to the weekend for #USMNT and @SoundersFC fans:
Hearing Jordan Morris torn right ACL and will miss 6-9 months. Tough run for Morris- hamstring end of 2017 and now ACL.
Really sad to see and hope to see him back on pitch soon.
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) February 24, 2018
Morris was injured late in Seattle’s CONCACAF Champions League loss to Santa Tecla, and limped off the field in the 85th minute of the 2-1 defeat, unable to put pressure on his right leg.
The Sounders have yet to confirm the report, and as of Saturday had yet to publicly address Morris’ injury.
If the report is accurate, the news will come as a big blow for the Sounders a week before the start of the new MLS season. Morris has been a regular starter and key part of the club’s attack since his rookie year in 2016, and his absence will rob the Seattle of a dangerous weapon with blazing speed.
Morris saw the end of his 2017 largely wiped away by injury after missing the final three months of last season and most of the Sounders’ playoff run to the MLS Cup Final with a hamstring injury. He finished 2017 with just three goals and one assist in 23 league appearances, a drastic drop-off in production a year after he helped Seattle win its first MLS crown with 12 goals and four assists in 34 matches. Morris won the Rookie of the Year award for his performances in 2016.
The Sounders were already short on forward options, and will need to hit the open market to secure some reinforcements soon with the MLS season kicking off in a week, and the return leg against Santa Tecla looming on Thursday.
This is exactly why I always feel players should stay in college and not go pro. He may recover or may not. He’s a speed player and if this kills the speed….he becomes a Charlie Davies and has no degree to fall back on
Yes because people can’t go to college at 25 or 30.
….especially when they have made a fair amount of money over the prior 8-12 years. Can go to college anytime, very narrow window for developing technical soccer skills.
Looks like he may have a lot of time to think about it. Of course college at 19-23 is a lot different than college at 25 or 30. That window has passed. He’ll be an old man to the student body
At least he won’t miss the World Cup.
I feel bad for the kid, hate seeing any players career derailed by injuries and I’m sure this won’t be the last we hear of him but for the other young strikers in the USMNT pipeline this just opens the door. With a new manager coming in probably this summer who knows where he falls on the depth chart anyway.
to be honest, i cringe a little bit each time our guys to to central America for away games, because i worry about this…
This sucks for Morris who needed to continue his development this season.
This is a huge blow to the Sounders, and will be a hard injury for them to replace this season.
For the USMNT it’s a hit, but it’s not the end of the world. The USMNT don’t play a meaningful game for 18 month and we still have a handful of strikers of equal/greater talent…Wood, Jozy, Johannsson, Dwyer, Sapong and hopefully a star in the making in Sargent.
Hard to say he didn’t make the right call getting a college degree now.
Yeesh. That ain’t good. Morris, I felt, actually had the potential of being a game-changer at some point…really hope he doesn’t go down the Holden route and see injuries wipe out what could have otherwise been a great career.