In today’s MLS roundup here on The Stoppage Time, we start with news on future Seattle Sounder Jordan Morris, who will be turning pro this week. Morris is offered one of the richest Homegrown Player contracts in history, however, he will be spending time training with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen after attending the Hermann Award Trophy on Friday. Grant Wahl writes…
After leading Stanford to the NCAA title as a junior last month, Morris has decided to turn pro, which Stanford confirmed on Tuesday. The Seattle Sounders, who have his MLS homegrown rights, have offered Morris the most lucrative homegrown contract in MLS history.
Morris, whose father, Michael, is Seattle’s medical director and orthopedic surgeon, is still thought to be seriously considering the Seattle offer, but his trip to train with Werder Bremen suggests the Bundesliga club is still very much in the running for his services. Werder Bremen currently employs U.S. forward Aron Johannsson.
On to D.C. United. Patrick Nyarko will be acquired from the Chicago Fire after United failed to deliver in terms of their production. SoccerWire.com writes…
Frustrated by the Fire’s losing ways and feeling stagnancy in his own career, Nyarko requested a trade out of Chicago before the arrival of new general manager Nelson Rodriguez, and even the opening stages of a sweeping overhaul headlined by the selection of Veljko Paunovic as head coach has not changed his mind.
The deal represents a welcome dose of dynamism and value for a team which has perfected the art of grinding out regular-season results, but struggled to create scoring chances with regularity or impose its will on the rhythm of important games. And for Nyarko, it’s a homecoming, of sorts.
The start date of camp was moved a week later, but seven veteran players who were on [Jurgen] Klinsmann’s preliminary 36-player list are now not expected to be involved in the camp at all: Clint Dempsey, Nick Rimando, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Evans, Chris Wondolowski and Gonzalez.
A U.S. Soccer spokesperson said Klinsmann noted that Jan. 31 friendly opponent Iceland is already training together and that some U.S. players who had missed the MLS playoffs haven’t been training with their teams since late October. Klinsmann has also spoken individually to the seven veterans not in camp, placing them on standby if he reconsiders calling them in later in the month.
Finally, Christian Pulisic, a youngster with a bright future donning the Stars and Stripes, has been promoted to first-team training at Borussia Dortmund, according to a report from German soccer site Kicker. ESPNFC writes…
Attacking midfielder Pulisic has been one of the outstanding players for Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy since joining in January 2015. He has been a key player for their under-19 side, who currently lead the regional first division, scoring four goals and setting up a further three this season.