For the second time this year, a Sounders academy product is making waves as a surprise selection on a United States men’s national team roster — one that worked out just fine for DeAndre Yedlin.
Jordan Morris, a Mercer Island native and sophomore forward at Stanford University, was called up to the national team Thursday ahead of its Sept. 3 friendly against the Czech Republic.
Morris is one of many fresh faces on the youth-heavy roster, one that includes 18-year-olds Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman.
“When you start a new cycle, you want to see as many new players and young players breaking in as possible,” coach Juergen Klinsmann said in a video on the U.S. soccer website.
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“Players only can develop and get to the next level if you give them a chance to play. If there’s maybe a 50/50 situation between an established player and a younger player … I probably will take the younger player.”
Morris scored six goals and dished out seven assists in being named first-team All-Pac-12 during his freshman year with the Cardinal, and he could become the first college player to earn a national team cap since Ante Razov in 1995.
“He had been called in for the under-23 camp in Bermuda or the Bahamas — one of those vacation spots — and he had done fairly well,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said after training at Starfire Sports Complex on Thursday.
“I know I talked to (U.S. assistant coach Andreas) Herzog and he thought he did really well. It’s a great opportunity for him, fantastic.”
Colorado series history
Seattle can continue building on a historical edge in the series when it hosts Colorado on Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.
The Sounders have never lost to Colorado in Seattle, not in nine matches in all competitions. They also knocked the Rapids out of last year’s MLS Playoffs through goals from Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson and topped Colorado 4-1 in the only other league meeting so far this season April 26.
“It seems like a game that suits us,” Schmid said. “Sometimes, you match up with teams a little better than you do with some other teams. Hopefully, nothing’s going to change in this game.”
Portland’s Paparatto suspended
Portland Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto has picked up a one-game suspension for his high elbow on Chad Marshall in the 39th-minute of Seattle’s 4-2 victory at Providence Park on Sunday.
Paparatto was given a yellow card for the play before the MLS Disciplinary Committee handed down the additional punishment on Thursday.