Morris arrived from U.S. men’s national-team camp late Friday night. It took his teammates less than 24 hours to poke fun at their new teammate’s notoriety as the biggest-name Homegrown Player signing in club history.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Trumpets did not sound in the distance. No harp strings played hallelujah as archangels crested the Santa Catalinas en route to the Kino Sports Complex practice fields.

The once and future savior of the Sounders had arrived, but on Monday morning Jordan Morris was just another rookie trying to keep up with the practice drills.

Morris arrived from U.S. men’s national-team camp late Friday night. It took his teammates less than 24 hours to poke fun at their new teammate’s notoriety as the biggest-name Homegrown Player signing in club history.

“1st day — van full of seven and he takes the front seat,” Seattle captain Brad Evans tweeted Saturday, a photo of Morris riding shotgun and the hashtag “#legend” attached.

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“He told me to sit in the front seat and then snapped that picture,” Morris, the aggrieved party, said Monday after his first Sounders practice session. “I think he set me up.”

Rebutted Evans: “He’s always going to say that, right? He’s got to protect himself. He’s got to protect that ego.”

Ribbing aside, if the Sounders are worried about their newest signing developing a hero complex or inflated head, they aren’t letting on.

Morris, who could make his preseason debut Tuesday against FC Celaya, isn’t a guaranteed starter, even in Seattle’s experimental three-forward formation. He’ll have to leapfrog established internationals Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Nelson Valdez on the depth chart or, more likely, prove himself in a revolving-door rotation.

“I don’t think we have that many ills to cure to begin with,” Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. “There are no saviors out there. It’s a sport that requires 11 players. It’s not basketball where you only have five, where one or two guys can really turn things a lot more. (Morris) is part of the team concept, and he’s a good team player.”

Nor is Morris parachuting into Tucson camp out of the blue. With his father as team physician, the young forward has been hanging on the periphery since the Sounders still called the USL home. As an up-and-coming prospect, Morris practiced with the team while on break from Stanford — even as he rebuffed professional contract offers from his hometown club after his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Morris already has a foothold in the locker room and relationships established.

“He was committed to his cause at Stanford,” Evans said. “He wanted to win a national championship. He wanted to enjoy college. The feeling from him is that it wasn’t all about him. It was about the community at Stanford. It was about the team and being involved with something special.

“That alone makes him easy to integrate. Sometimes with big-hyped players, they carry themselves differently. With him it’s not the case. It’s not in his DNA.”

That’s not to say Morris will be exempt from the annual rookie initiation. The Sounders say their rituals are tamer than most — tamer than Evans’ college days at UC Irvine, if nothing else.

“They shaved our heads,” Evans said. “They dressed us up like girls. … It was a night I’ll never forget. It wasn’t too insane. I remember the night, so that’s a good thing.”

Evans also distinctly recalls Aaron Kovar’s rookie moment two seasons ago, when some teammates gathered on the back patio of a Washington, D.C., bar following a narrow win at D.C. United. The kitchen was closed, but luckily for every Sounder save one, there was a pizza shop right around the corner.

“ ‘Kovar, go get the pizzas,’ ” Evans relays. “Sure enough, he took off on a sprint.”

Goalkeeper Stefan Frei remembers defender Jimmy Ockford’s initiation last year, when the team found out that the Pride of Yardley, Pa., was a surprisingly adept rapper.

“It’s not like college, where it’s more of a fraternity,” Evans said. “Here it’s a little bit different. Some teams might have different traditions, but for us we keep it light. You don’t want to make them feel like they aren’t part of the group or that they are a rookie, in my eyes. You want them to feel from Day 1 like part of the group.”

The once and future savior of the Sounders has arrived, but starting Monday morning, Jordan Morris was a target just like the rest of the rookies.

No word on whether he can rap.

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