For Seattle Sounders FC favorite son Jordan Morris, Saturday’s 4-1 season-opening victory over expansion side FC Cincinnati was one goal shy of the proverbially dream start. Morris registered the brace in his first competitive action in over a calendar year.
Morris missed the entire 2018 season after suffering a right ACL tear in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League first leg at Santa Tecla FC on February 22, 2018. Morris was awarded MLS player of the week for For his perseverance, dedication, and determination.
His ability to score from the left and right side of the field was no doubt the overriding factor. While the third goal for a hat-trick would have made it a Disney Land Fantasy return, a brace after such a long layoff will stay forever in Morris mind as the day he climbed back to the mountain top.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.
Sounders FC continues its two-match home stint to start the season next Saturday when it hosts the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field (7:00 p.m. PT / JOEtv, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM).