Not only has Seattle offered Mercer Island native Morris a contract, Lagerwey confirmed a that it would be the most lucrative Homegrown Player deal in MLS history.
Following the prerequisite hemming and hawing about being unable to comment about a college player’s pro prospects, Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey dropped an informative nugget into Wednesday morning’s end-of-season conference call.
Not only has Seattle offered Stanford junior and Mercer Island native Jordan Morris a contract, Lagerwey confirmed Sports Illustrated’s report from earlier this year that it would be the most lucrative Homegrown Player deal in MLS history.
The Sounders have been chasing the 21-year-old’s signature since his freshman year with the Cardinal, and for his part, Morris has never wavered from his commitment to starting his pro career in Seattle. Morris’ father, Michael, is the club’s medical director, and Jordan was among those who packed CenturyLink Field for the club’s MLS debut against the New York Red Bulls.
This, finally, would appear to be the offseason that the Sounders finally get their man. Morris has been up front about his desire to stay in school for at least two-and-a-half years so as to close in on his degree, and the up-and-coming U.S. national-team member would be an injection of youth for a front line long in both experience and tooth.
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No. 8 Stanford hosts the Cal State-Fullerton/Santa Clara winner in the second round of the 2015 NCAA tournament Sunday.
– Lagerwey spent much of Wednesday’s call addressing the state of the Sounders’ Academy and S2 — more specifically, how both of them need to improve.
One day after the club announced a partnership with the Seattle United youth club, Lagerwey blasted what he called the “archaic, almost fossilized ideas” about player development in the region.
“You don’t have a strong academy that’s pushing players up,” Lagerwey said. ” … We need to get better at producing role players.”
Though S2 reached the postseason in its inaugural USL campaign, Lagerwey also stressed that 2016 will be focused more on development and less on wins and losses.
– “Several” Sounders are currently mulling retirement, though Lagerwey wouldn’t provide any names.
Even after this summer’s spending spree, Seattle does have an unspecified amount of Allocation Money available. The team’s international slots are full, and thanks to the creative use of the disabled list toward the end of the season, the Sounders are going to have to trim down their currently bloated roster.