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Sounders offer USMNT, Stanford striker Morris “richest” Homegrown deal yet

Luca Gasparotto  Jordan Morris

Canada defender Luca Gasparotto (5) clears the ball away from USA forward Jordan Morris (9) in the second half of a CONCACAF men’s Olympic qualifying soccer match, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Kansas City, Kan. USA beat Canada 3-1. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)


New frontiers, friends. New frontiers.

In a story you’d never see in another American professional sports league, Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders are offering an unprecedented deal to present college student Jordan Morris to convince the USMNT player to sign a professional deal.

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A report on the Sounders’ web site says GM Garth Lagerway can’t talk to Morris until his junior season ends -- Stanford is the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament -- but that they’ve offered the “richest Homegrown Player” contract in league history.


“It’s up to Jordan,” Lagerwey said. “Jordan will come out when he wants to come out, and he’ll go where he wants to go. We hope he signs with us, but it’s out of our control.”

Of course there will be interest abroad, but reports have stated that Morris will get a guaranteed $200,000 for staying home in Washington.

Jurgen Klinsmann prefers his players test themselves at the highest level, and no doubt Morris will be interested in keeping the favor of a man who gave him a chance to be a full international while in college.

Regardless of what’s best for Morris,

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