Sounders’ Jordan Morris named MLS Rookie of the Year

Nov 10, 2016, 10:48 AM | Updated: 10:49 am
Sounders forward Jordan Morris has 12 goals and four assists in 34 MLS matches this season. (AP)...
Sounders forward Jordan Morris has 12 goals and four assists in 34 MLS matches this season. (AP)

Major League Soccer announced Thursday that Sounders forward Jordan Morris was named AT&T Rookie of the Year for the 2016 season. He’s the first Sounder to earn this award since the club joined MLS in 2009. Morris signed a Homegrown Player contract with Seattle before the start of the season, ending speculation about where the Mercer Island, Wash. native would kick off his professional career.

In the 2016 regular season, Morris scored 12 goals in 34 matches – most by an American rookie and second-most all-time by any rookie. Morris also notched four assists throughout the rollercoaster season the Sounders have had this year.

Morris, who earned his first call-ups to the United States men’s national team while a student at Stanford, was with the national team for a set of friendlies earlier this year and was called in for the upcoming hexagonal round of World Cup qualifiers. A hamstring strained suffered in last weekend’s playoff match at FC Dallas forced him to withdraw from the national team to get treatment back in Seattle.

Spenser Davis also covers the Sounders for Sounder at Heart.

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