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Morris staying for junior season at Stanford

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On Friday, Stanford forward Jordan Morris announced his decision to return to school for his junior year. Below are statements from Morris and Cardinal head coach Jeremy Gunn.

Jordan Morris After much thought and discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided to continue my education at Stanford and will return to The Farm for my junior year. My teammates, coaches, professors and peers make Stanford a special place. Here I am provided the unique opportunity to both play the game I love and learn at one of the world’s great universities.

Playing professionally is a dream of mine and I feel that Stanford will prepare me extremely well to realize that goal, but also for life after soccer. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to represent this university both on and off the field and look forward to working with my teammates to make our 2015 season a success.

Jeremy GunnWe are very excited that Jordan is committed to his future here at Stanford. He is an outstanding person and an exceptional soccer player. We are left with no doubt that when the time is right Jordan will move on to become a very successful professional athlete, but for now he can continue to develop his game while also working towards his Stanford degree.

As part of one of the finest academic institutions in the world, we are very committed to providing a high-performing environment where our student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to excel as both a student and an athlete. Stanford is an environment where individuals can grow in so many ways, all of which will prepare the person for success in each and every facet of life, wherever that might eventually be.

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Morris, a 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, started all 15 games in which he played this season for Stanford tallying four goals, 14 points and a team-high six assists.

In November, Morris became the first active collegian since 1995 to receive a cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team when he came on in the 76th minute in a friendly against Ireland in Dublin. An earlier call up to the national team camp for its Sept. 3 friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague made him the first current collegian to join the USMNT in 15 years. The Mercer Island, Wash. native also made two appearances with the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team at camps in Nassau, Bahamas (Aug. 3-7) and Brasilia, Brazil (Oct. 10-13).

Both Morris and defender Brandon Vincent were also 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire First Team All-Americans, the Cardinal’s first All-Americans since Bobby Warshaw was also named to the first team in 2009. Warshaw (2009), Todd Dunivant (2002), Lee Morrison (2001), Ryan Nelsen (2000) and Jamie Clark (1998) are Stanford’s only other NSCAA First Team All-America honorees.

Stanford had a historic season in 2014, including the program’s first Pac-12 Championship since 2001, a No. 1 NSCAA ranking, its most wins (13) since 2002 and its best winning percentage (.763) since 2001.On Friday, Stanford forward Jordan Morris announced his decision to return to school for his junior year. Below are statements from Morris and Cardinal head coach Jeremy Gunn.

Jordan Morris

After much thought and discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided to continue my education at Stanford and will return to The Farm for my junior year. My teammates, coaches, professors and peers make Stanford a special place. Here I am provided the unique opportunity to both play the game I love and learn at one of the world’s great universities.

Playing professionally is a dream of mine and I feel that Stanford will prepare me extremely well to realize that goal, but also for life after soccer. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to represent this university both on and off the field and look forward to working with my teammates to make our 2015 season a success.

Jeremy Gunn

We are very excited that Jordan is committed to his future here at Stanford. He is an outstanding person and an exceptional soccer player. We are left with no doubt that when the time is right Jordan will move on to become a very successful professional athlete, but for now he can continue to develop his game while also working towards his Stanford degree.

As part of one of the finest academic institutions in the world, we are very committed to providing a high-performing environment where our student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to excel as both a student and an athlete. Stanford is an environment where individuals can grow in so many ways, all of which will prepare the person for success in each and every facet of life, wherever that might eventually be.

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Morris, a 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, started all 15 games in which he played this season for Stanford tallying four goals, 14 points and a team-high six assists.

In November, Morris became the first active collegian since 1995 to receive a cap for the U.S. Men’s National Team when he came on in the 76th minute in a friendly against Ireland in Dublin. An earlier call up to the national team camp for its Sept. 3 friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague made him the first current collegian to join the USMNT in 15 years. The Mercer Island, Wash. native also made two appearances with the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team at camps in Nassau, Bahamas (Aug. 3-7) and Brasilia, Brazil (Oct. 10-13).

Both Morris and defender Brandon Vincent were also 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire First Team All-Americans, the Cardinal’s first All-Americans since Bobby Warshaw was also named to the first team in 2009. Warshaw (2009), Todd Dunivant (2002), Lee Morrison (2001), Ryan Nelsen (2000) and Jamie Clark (1998) are Stanford’s only other NSCAA First Team All-America honorees.

Stanford had a historic season in 2014, including the program’s first Pac-12 Championship since 2001, a No. 1 NSCAA ranking, its most wins (13) since 2002 and its best winning percentage (.763) since 2001.

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