Jordan Morris 'obviously has to' turn professional, urges Jurgen Klinsmann
United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann has urged Jordan Morris to turn pro after the forward led Stanford the the NCAA title on Sunday.
After impressing Klinsmann at the U.S.' pre-World Cup camp at Stanford last summer, Morris, 21, became the first college player to enter a game for the U.S. since Ante Razov in 1995.
He has earned seven caps for the national team and scored in a friendly against Mexico in April, but he remained an amateur player and helped Stanford win the school's first national championship last weekend.
Morris completed his junior year and has one year of eligibility remaining in college, and he has stayed quiet on his future despite interest from professional clubs in Major League Soccer and abroad.
Klinsmann says Morris' choice should be a clear one.
"Now comes a big moment for Jordan Morris. He has to decide what is his next step. His next step obviously has to be becoming a professional," said Klinsmann in quotes provided by U.S. Soccer. "It's not an easy decision for him."
As a Seattle native, Morris can sign with his hometown Sounders, who offered their former academy standout the richest "Homegrown" contract in MLS history earlier this year.
Meanwhile, ESPN's Taylor Twellman reported during the broadcast of the College Cup that Morris has at least one offer on the table from a Bundesliga club in Germany.
Klinsmann said Morris should choose the option that will give him the most playing time.
"From our standpoint, it's very, very important that he chooses an environment where he gets to play," Klinsmann said.
"He needs to play in order to be in a good position to be a continuous part of the national team program, and also the Olympic team that will hopefully qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro at the end of March."
"Big moments ahead of Jordan Morris, but again huge compliments to him and Stanford for what they have achieved."
Morris is a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy -- given to the nation's top college player -- which will be awarded Jan. 8. in St. Louis.