U.S. men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann expressed support for Jordan Morris’s move to the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Klinsmann, who has been panned by some for reportedly steering American players toward Europe and away from MLS, told ESPN that he was pleased with Morris’s move. The Sounders have been courting Morris, a Seattle-area native, since after his freshman year of college at Stanford.
“I’m thrilled that Jordan decided to go pro,” Klinsmann said. “This is the really important decision. And I’m thrilled with the Sounders, that he goes into an environment that he knows, that he feels comfortable with, and that he feels now that, ‘At this specific point in time, this is the best move for me.’”
Morris will reportedly be introduced as a member of the Sounders on Thursday, signing the richest homegrown deal in MLS history with the team instead of joining German club Werder Bremen, with whom he trained in January for 10 days. Klinsmann also said he was happy Morris took the chance to practice with Werder Bremen to get a feel for how European teams function.
Morris, 21, is considered a rising star in the U.S. program after a decorated college career.
“[Morris] feels he’s not ready for Europe,” Klinsmann said. "He feels the next big step for him is the Sounders where he knows everybody, and for us it’s great because the moment he steps now on the training field he’s in a professional environment. That’s good.”