Seattle Sounders fans can finally exhale.
Jordan Morris is returning to the club after being announced as the club’s seventh Homegrown Player signing in history earlier today, despite being linked with a move to Europe.
Morris, who joined the Sounders FC Academy in 2012 before then moving on to play college soccer for Stanford over the past three years, turned down an offer from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in order to return to Seattle earlier this week.
And he has now penned his Sounders contract, ending months of speculation about where his professional club career would begin.
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The 21-year-old striker was named as the top player in college soccer two weeks ago. He picked up the Hermann Trophy after leading Stanford to the NCAA title last month and will hope to make an immediate impact with Seattle.
Morris already has seven USMNT caps and scored his first, and only current, national team goal in a friendly against Mexico last April.
Jurgen Klinsmann is a big fan of the young forward and Morris will join the USMNT camp on Friday after performing media duties in Seattle.Embed from Getty Images
He is believed to have signed the most lucrative Homegrown Player contract in MLS history, although terms of the deal were not officially disclosed.
Seattle Sounders General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey confirmed in November that Morris had been offered the richest HG contract in league history and so he is almost certain to have penned a deal that makes that official.
Morris will join Seattle for the preseason camp after finishing his duties with the USMNT in February and could make his MLS debut when Seattle host Sporting Kansas City on the opening weekend of the 2016 season.
Do you think Jordan Morris made the right decision by choosing Seattle over Werder Bremen? Will he be a success in MLS?