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Morris will begin pro soccer career

Mercer Island native Jordan Morris (8), who starred for the Sounders Academy, Stanford University and has played with the U.S. men’s national team, turned pro Tuesday, forgoing his senior season at Stanford.
Mercer Island native Jordan Morris (8), who starred for the Sounders Academy, Stanford University and has played with the U.S. men’s national team, turned pro Tuesday, forgoing his senior season at Stanford. The Associated Press

Sounders FC Academy alum Jordan Morris will forgo his senior season at Stanford to begin his professional career.

Morris made the announcement Tuesday. However, the question of where he will begin his pro career remains.

Meanwhile, Werder Bremen of the German Bundesliga confirmed that Morris will train there “for a few days” later this month.

“It’s a good opportunity to meet a player closer to us,” Werder Bremen managing director Thomas Gauge said in a press release. “Nothing more, nothing less.”

Morris is a Mercer Island native and U.S. national team forward who was a member of the Sounders Academy Class of 2013.

Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey has said the club has made a historic homegrown contact offer, and he hopes Morris will begin his pro career in Seattle.

Meanwhile, it also was revealed that second-year Sounders midfielder Aaron Kovar is training with Preston North End of the English Championship league, much as he did about this time last year with Sheffield Wednesday FC. He is expected back in time for the start of Sounders training Jan. 22.

“Aaron is a talented young player, and these types of experiences are always positive for development and fitness purposes,” Lagerwey said in a statement from the Sounders. “We’re hopeful that his time in England will be beneficial, allowing Aaron to hit the ground running in training camp with us in Seattle in a few weeks.”

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