Seattle Sounders have been dealt a heavy blow in losing Jordan Morris before the MLS campaign has even begun.
The Seattle Sounders’ trip to El Salvador was a double whammy, not only losing Morris but with a 2-1 loss to Santa Tecla FC.
Morris’ injury came in the second half and in his right knee during the Round of 16 matchup in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The official report came out on Monday by Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey. He said:
“Jordan has torn his ACL. The tests we’ve done so far don’t appear to reveal other [damage] but I want to be cautious and say that until we go in and do the surgery, we won’t know that for sure,” Lagerwey said. “We are going to rule him out for the season. He’ll have surgery probably in a couple of weeks once the swelling goes down and he can build up the strength of the muscles around it. But we want to approach this as what’s best for Jordan’s career long-term. We think he’s a Sounder for the long-term. He’s in the organization’s long-term plans.”
Although Morris is in the long-term plans for the organization, they will have to be without him for the short term.
Questions will also revolve around whether or not he will be the same player that he was once he comes back from around a 9-month layoff without playing.
Jordan Morris is hopeful that his will return will allow him to come back stronger.
Very humbled by all the love and support. Thank you all! I'm so sad I won't be out in front of you guys playing right now, but I promise I'll work hard everyday to comeback stronger and get back on the field playing for the team and city I love #SSFC 💚💙 pic.twitter.com/U2BuR99hDJ
— Jordan Morris (@JmoSmooth13) February 26, 2018
This is not just a blow to the Seattle Sounders, but also a blow to the league overall as Morris was one of the youngsters to watch, as he has been scoring goals for Seattle Sounders for the past 2 seasons.
Former U.S international Stuart Holden also shared in the sentiment that this injury was just not bad for the Sounders, but also for the men’s national team with this tweet:
Hearing Jordan Morris torn right ACL and will miss 6-9 months. Tough run for Morris- hamstring end of 2017 and now ACL.
Really sad to see and hope to see him back on pitch soon.
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) February 24, 2018
The Sounders will miss Morris, but they won’t have too much trouble replacing the roster spot.
In terms of backups, they have enough to deal with this blow. They have Nico Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey, Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Harry Shipp, and Victor Rodriguez, plus younger options in Henry Wingo and Handwalla Bwana.
Although Morris probably would’ve been a starter had he been healthy, any of these players could slot in seamlessly, but maybe won’t offer the kind of pace and experience that Morris has been able to get since his rookie season.
The season has not started- let’s remember that- so it’s hard to say what kind of impact this injury could have on the Sounders later on.
The case could be that the Sounders do well without Morris, but on the flipside, they could find themselves needing the dynamic that Morris has brought to the team and what has made him such a breakout player.