Seattle Sounders secure services of Jordan Morris after months of speculation

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.

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.

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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?

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Jozy Altidore a transfer target for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen – report

Jozy Altidore‘s struggles with Premier League side Sunderland worsened this weekend with a bad open goal miss, but German outfit Werder Bremen are reportedly interested in signing the USMNT striker.

Altidore has not scored a Premier League goal for more than a year and he spurned a glorious chance to help his side take the lead on the stroke of halftime in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

WATCH: Jozy Altidore spurns great chance to give Sunderland the lead (via SunderlandRed on YouTube)

His nightmare in England could be over soon though as Werder Bremen are the latest club to be interested in a January move for the 25-year-old frontman, according to the Sunderland Echo.

Bremen are believed to be looking for a loan deal in January with a view to making it a permanent transfer in the summer.

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French club Lille are also linked with the powerful forward, while a return to Major League Soccer should not be counted out.

It hasn’t worked in England for Altidore. That’s no secret, and his miss this weekend left him “devastated” according to his manager Gus Poyet.

“It was the only thing I have watched back,” Poyet said.

“I watched it because I didn’t know what happened – and I still don’t know what happened.

“He was devastated. I have never seen Jozy like that before. If Jozy scored you would say to me what a great decision to play him, but unfortunately he didn’t.”

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Sunderland fans have run out of patience with the US striker and want to see him moved on in January. His form at international level is good and it’s surely just a case of Sunderland, and the Premier League being a bad match.

A move elsewhere in Europe could see Altidore reinvigorated, while a return home to MLS would undoubtedly see him valued once again.

Would Werder Bremen be a good move for Jozy Altidore?