STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford sophomore forward Jordan Morris was among 22 players called into camp by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague. Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 11:15 a.m. PT and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and UniMas.
The match is the first of the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle and Klinsmann is taking the opportunity to look at young talent. Of the 22 players coming to Prague, 15 are age 24 or younger. There are 11 players with 10 caps or less, and six looking to make their debut for the Senior National Team. Morris is the first active college player to be included on a roster under Klinsmann.
“We have watched Jordan through our Youth National Teams and in the Development Academy for the last couple of years, and he is a very promising player,” Klinsmann said. “We saw him during our two weeks at Stanford for the World Cup preparation camp, and also from his play with U-23 team in the Bahamas, and we felt like this was a good opportunity to introduce him to the Senior Team.”
“It is an unbelievable honor to be recognized by the National Team coach and to be invited into camp for one of their international friendlies,” Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn said. “It is quite an achievement for Jordan and one I’m sure he will cherish.”
Morris is coming off of an appearance with U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team at its recently concluded five-day camp from Aug. 3-7 in Nassau, Bahamas. That trip featured a match against the Bahamas Senior National Team on Aug. 6, a 5-1 U.S. win in which Morris’ header in the 58th minute broke a 1-1 deadlock and propelled his country to victory. The Mercer Island, Wash. native, who was named the 2012-13 Development Academy Player of the Year for the U-17/18 age group while playing for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy, also earned three caps with the U-20 side at the Toulon Tournament in France in early June 2013 that summer.
“He has continued to develop every day and keeps getting better and better,” Gunn added of Morris. “It’s very well-deserved and something he will take in stride. Not only is it an incredible pat on the back, but it should definitely serve as inspiration to keep pushing forward and to continue improving as a player.”
Morris lived up to his top billing as a freshman last season and has received due preseason recognition heading into his sophomore campaign over the past month. In early August he was named to the 2014 MAC Hermann Watch List, the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer that presented annually to one male and one female athlete.
On Wednesday, he was also one of three Cardinal selected to Top Drawer Soccer’s preseason list of the top 100 men’s college players. Morris checked in at No. 2 and was joined by teammates Brandon Vincent (No. 25) and Zach Batteer (No. 62).
“In every walk of life you want trailblazers leading the way,” Gunn said. “This shows our team that absolutely anything is possible, to dream big and then back those dreams up by chasing after them as hard as you can.”
A sterling freshman season in 2013 for Morris was highlighted by All-Pac-12 first team honors, NSCAA All-Far West Region third team accolades and a spot on Top Drawer Soccer’s Freshman Top XI squad.
He led all Pac-12 freshmen in assists (seven) and points (19) while finishing second with six goals. His six goals and 19 points were also second on the Cardinal while his seven assists paced the squad.
Stanford posted a 10-7-4 overall record in 2013 and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009, advancing to the round of 16. This season’s squad was tabbed third in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, receiving one first place vote, and finds itself No. 20 in the NSCAA Preseason Top 25 and No. 13 in the Soccer America poll.
The Cardinal opens its 2014 campaign this Friday when it travels to Nebraska for a match against Creighton at 5 p.m. PT. Morris will suit up for that contest before heading to Prague to meet up with his U.S. teammates.