STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford was honored with three selections among the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Best XI, with sophomore Jordan Morris, junior Brandon Vincent and freshman Corey Baird earning recognition.
Morris was one of three forwards named to the First Team, Brandon Vincent was one of four defenders earning a spot on the Third Team while Corey Baird was one of five midfielders tabbed to the Freshman Team.
Morris lived up to his top billing as a freshman last season, earning All-Pac-12 first team honors as well as Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshman Top XI team. He also garnered NSCAA All-Far West Region third team accolades. Morris’ six goals and 19 points ranked second for the Cardinal while his seven assists paced the squad. The Mercer Island, Wash. native led all Pac-12 freshmen in assists (seven) and points (19) while finishing second with six goals. Morris was recently named to the U.S. U-23 National Team roster for its five-day camp in Nassau, Bahamas.
An All-Pac-12 Second Team selection as a sophomore, Vincent started all 21 matches on the Cardinal back line and was the central back for a defense that allowed just 1.13 goals per game while notching five shutouts. A Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention recipient in 2013, Vincent’s lone goal was an overtime winner in a 1-0 victory against Oregon State on Nov. 10. A native of Valencia, Calif., Morris started all 17 matches in which he appeared as a freshman.
An attacking playmaker from Escondido, Calif., Baird arrives on The Farm as a mainstay of various U.S. youth national teams who has appeared over 40 times in international play. Baird, who has scored eight goals with 10 assists in the U.S. shirt, was called into the U-20 National Team camp in January, and last year was part of the U.S. U-17 National Team that reached the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, where he scored the winner in the Yanks’ 1-0 group-play win over Guatemala. At the club level, Baird has experience as a member of San Diego Surf and Real Salt Lake Academy.
Stanford is coming off of a breakout 2013 season, finishing 10-7-4 overall and reaching the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal’s first postseason appearance since 2009. Under head coach Jeremy Gunn, who will enter his third season at the helm, Stanford ended last year’s campaign with key victories at Oregon State and against No. 5 California to secure its postseason bid, then went on to advance past Loyola Marymount and No. 15 Cal State Northridge in the NCAA Tournament before falling 1-0 on a late goal at No. 2 Washington.