For the last two weeks reports have been coming out that Jordan Morris will be going on a 6-month loan to English club Swansea in the EFL championship. While the Sounders haven’t confirmed it quite yet, it’s sent the fan base into full panic that the club will go into the 2021 season without a very crucial player and no suitable replacement in his absence. The announcement has certainly riled everyone up but, deep down knowing the success Morris has had with the Sounders and USMNT this moment was going to come whether anyone wanted it or not.
“The Chosen One”
Even before he was playing at Stanford, The Sounders front office knew Jordan Morris was a special player when they brought him to play with their Academy Team. He even scored his first goal with the USMNT before signing his first professional contract. The Sounders were willing to give him a contract while Jordan was playing at Stanford and he turned them down expressing his desire to help them win an NCAA Championship. Once he’d done that, then he would make the jump. Many questioned him not starting his career in Europe but his accomplishments that are well documented with the Sounders has silenced the critics and naysayers. At this point he’s reached the ceiling while in Major League Soccer.
Career at a Crossroads
A proven player for the USMNT Team, Jordan is 26 years old turning 27 at the end of October of this year. Meaning he’s about to enter the prime years of his career. He’s no longer the 21-year-old prodigy when the Sounders signed him back in 2016. Now he is a man that his pro club and national team depend on. Players younger than Jordan Morris such as Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah, and others are playing regularly for top tier European clubs. They are not only getting called into play for the USMNT but they are players that are depended upon for the long term. The 2022 World Cup is a year away and to break into the squad that qualifies for the world cup requires Morris to go play abroad in order to be considered part of the roster.
What Likely Will Happen
This is is where it gets hazy what will happen. Writers and pundits are not fortune tellers. We can’t gaze into the future. From a previous experience I have an idea what likely might happen. However things can change.
After the end of the 2012 season, the Sounders loaned out striker Fredy Montero to Colombian side Millionaros F.C. for 6 months. When the loan expired in July of 2013, Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon acquired him on loan eventually signing him to a permanent transfer. Montero who was 25 years old at the time, was entering the prime of his career. Despite not winning an MLS Cup, Fredy had achieved everything there was in the four years he played for the Sounders. While many fans hoped he’d stay a Sounder forever, there were greater opportunities that would require him to leave the city he called home. He returned to MLS in 2017 but he didn’t come back to Seattle. He chose Vancouver and the Sounders had their strikers position full.
This could be the exact same case with Jordan Morris. Once the loan ends the Sounders will evaluate his value in the transfer market and look for potential buyers. Swansea could be keen on signing him on a permanent transfer or they decide to go in a different direction and another club in Europe is willing to bring him on another loan with the ability to purchase him or they are impressed and sign him in the summer transfer window instantly. That’s what likely I see happening.
Accepting the reality
We have to accept the reality that no matter if he’s a local from Mercer Island and rave green runs through his veins ( not literally) that Jordan Morris has accomplished pretty much everything that he could as a Sounder. Does that mean he’s leaving behind friends, a fan base behind for something better? No , certainly not! He’s leaving for a career opportunity so he can become an even greater player. Leaving for an opportunity to develop his skills further that the Sounders can no longer provide. This is a bitter pill to take but this is the possibility. If that is the case lets not be sad that he might not come back and don the rave green again but be content for what he has done in his 5 seasons with the Sounders.