The moment forward Jordan Morris and MLS side Seattle Sounders had long-anticipated eventually arrived. The homegrown attacker stood by the assistant referee in a steady rain in Seattle while an adoring Lumen Field audience roared for their favorite homeboy.
After missing the whole season till this moment, following his second ACL operation, the attacker made his much-awaited 2021 debut in the 60th minute of the 1-1 draw against the MLS side LA Galaxy on Monday night.
While it was his first soccer match of the year, it was also the first time he’s played on home soil since March 2020. The pandemic had limited such atmospheres last year, then he was loaned to Championship side Swansea City before sustaining injury.
Morris said after the game via online casinos, "I’ve said this a few times, but that’s kind of the moment that you think about when you go through a long recovery, is that moment you’re stepping back out on the field and hearing the fans and getting to play again"
"Definitely some chills and goose bumps going onto the field, but my thought process was what can I do to help the team win and try and come on and bring energy and make a difference. It produced a special moment."
Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) twitter on the night, "What a player, What a moment, Jordan Morris is home.#Sounders Matchday | #SEAvLA
Throughout his recovery process, Morris’ head coach at Sounders, Brian Schmetzer, was in his ear about his feelings when he eventually play a soccer match again. Schmetzer urged Morris, 25, to not expect perfection but to work pretty hard and make good use of his incredible strength to stretch backlines.
That candid advice didn’t change, even if his role on the pitch of play did in the Sounders’ 3-4-2-1 style of play. In that sense, his first 30 minutes went as expected.
Morris said, "I felt like my speed was there, obviously the touch isn’t, the fitness will come as I play in more games. But it just felt good to get back out there."
Major League Soccer (@MLS) twitted "Back in time for the home stretch.@JmoSmooth13 takes the field for the first time in 2021 after recovering from an ACL injury."
It wasn't a fairytale return; Morris didn’t step to the field and score the winning goal late in the game. But it offered a great starting point heading into Decision Day and a vital game at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday evening and the Playoffs of the Audi MLS Cup, where they're certain of a 13th straight postseason berth and home match.
the United States men's national team forward said via online casino games, "It’s been a long process, long year for myself personally, so to be back out there in that environment, I mean also it’s been also almost two years since I played in front of fans. That was a special moment. I’m just grateful to be back playing with the team and obviously not the result we wanted but we got to push forward."