Jordan Morris, the Mercer Island native and former Sounders Academy player, bounded onto a deflected through ball and finished inside the right post for his first-ever international goal to put the United States up Mexico 1-0 early in the second half. Half an hour later, Juan Agudelo added another and the U.S. defeated its continental...

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Now that’s how you commemorate your first-ever national team start, kid.

Jordan Morris, theĀ Mercer Island native and former Sounders Academy player, bounded onto a deflected through ball and finished inside the right post for his first-ever international goalĀ to put the United States up Mexico 1-0 early in the second half. Half an hour later, Juan Agudelo added another and the U.S. defeated its continental rivals 2-0 on Wednesday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Morris, 20, made his USMNT debut just last November as a substitute against Ireland, the Stanford University sophomore becoming the first collegiate player to earn a national team cap in nearly 20 years.

Former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin was also in the U.S. starting lineup on Wednesday, while Seattle captain Brad Evans began the game on the bench. Evans came on for the final 10 minutes — good news for his status for the Sounders’ trip to Colorado on Saturday.

Morris’ first half, much like the rest of the game, was ragged yet energetic. A temporary grass surface had been laid upon the Alamodome turf, and footing was uncertain. Players slipped and slid, the ball took unorthodox hops, U.S. midfielder Kyle Beckerman was taken off an hour in after pulling up lame.

Then Morris pounced, and Agudelo added another. For all the questions about the grass and the second-choice lineups, at the end, there was only that familiar scoreline.