This is the first installment of a weekly update on my assessment of Seattle Sounders and USMNT forward Jordan Morris. It is no secret that I do not like Jordan Morris as the feature forward for our national team. Nothing personal about this, nothing to do with any single poor outing (re: Wondolowski). Just a matter of pure rationality and logic as it applies to player assessment. You can expect Tuesdays With Morris to be fair, balanced (unlike Jordan) and nothing but the truth.
This Hype Machine Goes up to 11
Here are some headlines you can find about young Jordan:
Sounders’ Weapon Unleashed: Jordan Morris Is Living Up To The Hype – The Seattle Times
MLS Talking Points: Top Rookie Not Named Jordan Morris? – SoccerAmerica
With FIRST (emphasis mine) Goal In The Books Have The Floodgates Opened For Sounders Rookie Jordan Morris? – 710Sports.com
Un Jordan Morris ‘en llamas’ para Seattle Sounders podría igualar un récord de la MLS – UniVision Sports
Most Recent Game: Seattle Sounders 0 – 2 FC Dallas
Jmo Smooth got pushed out to the wing in this one for a tactical switch from his normal up top positioning. He gets some sympathy for not playing well for this reason. Ton of effort put in by him and you could tell the defensive aspect of that position was weighing on him. One golden nugget of a chance was dropped into his lap but it came in the form of a cross to his head and when your center of gravity is shiftier than a bodega store manager that isn’t going to end in your favor.
Copa America USMNT Squad
News out of Toronto this week is Jozy Altidore has invented a new way to injure his hamstring and will miss the Copa American tourney. If you believe Jmo Smooth is a natural filler, allow me to disavow you of this notion right now. By all means put him on the roster but do not build your tactics around him and not someone who has natural soccer ability and a controlled attacking mindset. Here are options equal to or better than starting Jmo Smooth: Clint, Christian Pulisic, Chris Wondolowski (not a typo), Bobby Wood, Gyasi Zardes. If you’re thinking “hey that’s just every other forward on the preliminary 40-player roster”… that is accurate.
Final Weekly Assessment Change
This Tuesday With Morris: no change