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Dave
Post #226
Sunday September 25, 2016 11:55pm

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Morris has done well during his rookie season. He's got 12 goals with 6 game winners. He's shown that he's got the raw physical tools (size, strength, speed) and a decent tactical appreciation/understanding (runs off the ball) to be successful. However, he's also shown the area's of his game where his weaknesses are....no left foot, isn't always engaged.
Right now he's a borderline player for the 2018 WC squad. But he's got ~16 months to work on his weaknesses before the team is finalized. If he can fill in those gaps in his game he'll greatly improve his usefulness to the team, and increase his chances of making the final cut.

The best aspect of the emergence (or re-emergence) of so many striker options within the USMNT pool is that we can finally say good Riddance to Wondo.

hamsamwich
Post #227
Monday September 26, 2016 12:51pm

Joined Oct 2013
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Here's to hoping Seattle makes the playoffs so Morris can play more pressurized soccer games...

goods
Post #228
Monday September 26, 2016 5:05pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 565
Original post from Dave

Morris has done well during his rookie season. He's got 12 goals with 6 game winners. He's shown that he's got the raw physical tools (size, strength, speed) and a decent tactical appreciation/understanding (runs off the ball) to be successful. However, he's also shown the area's of his game where his weaknesses are....no left foot, isn't always engaged.
Right now he's a borderline player for the 2018 WC squad. But he's got ~16 months to work on his weaknesses before the team is finalized. If he can fill in those gaps in his game he'll greatly improve his usefulness to the team, and increase his chances of making the final cut.

The best aspect of the emergence (or re-emergence) of so many striker options within the USMNT pool is that we can finally say good Riddance to Wondo.


He could be boarderline, but those were some nice finishes. That second goal impressed me more than the first because it was struck in a crowd with left footed power. As he mentioned after the game he is much more confident now than he was to start the season, and the second goal showed me a lot.

I think it is also no coincidence that once Lodeiro got there Morris took off. I think Morris is making as much a claim to the importance of a Kliestien or Nagbe in the starting 11. Provide him with good service, or let him run off the ball and he will convert his chances. With his speed and size he is a great off the bench selection up top.

Fraser31
Charleston, South Carolina
Post #229
Tuesday September 27, 2016 5:40pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,408
Original post from goods

He could be boarderline, but those were some nice finishes. That second goal impressed me more than the first because it was struck in a crowd with left footed power. As he mentioned after the game he is much more confident now than he was to start the season, and the second goal showed me a lot.

I think it is also no coincidence that once Lodeiro got there Morris took off. I think Morris is making as much a claim to the importance of a Kliestien or Nagbe in the starting 11. Provide him with good service, or let him run off the ball and he will convert his chances. With his speed and size he is a great off the bench selection up top.


+1

He's not a creator at this stage of his career. He'll keep working on his weaker areas (left foot, general technique), and he'll bloom in that aspect later in his career I'm sure. He will only be as great as the #10 under him is for now. I'm okay with that.

Dave
Post #230
Tuesday September 27, 2016 10:41pm

Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts: 1,027
@Fraser31 & @goods - The success of a striker is nearly always dependent upon the creative ability of those setting them up. There are few strikers who can do it all by themselves consistently. Jozy began to experience success in Toronto when he & Sebastian got on the same page. Morris has Lodeiro leading him into dangerous area's with his passing.

The good news is that Jozy, Wood, Mooris and the rest of the USMNT strikers can look forward to having players like Pulisic, Gooch, Zelalem, & Hyndman feeding them for years to come. Our pool is becoming more & more talented, and the strikers are going to reap the benifits.

Kamphgruppe
Michigan
Post #231
Tuesday March 3, 2020 3:27am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 937
So back at it, scored a brace and got player of the week honors. I sure wish he would go to Germany and play. I would love to see him at Werder Bremen with Sargent.

blaise213
Post #232
Tuesday March 3, 2020 7:51am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,051
Original post from Kamphgruppe

So back at it, scored a brace and got player of the week honors. I sure wish he would go to Germany and play. I would love to see him at Werder Bremen with Sargent.


Agreed

And he's the only MLS player worthy of the National team

The other 22 are in Europe

Kamphgruppe
Michigan
Post #233
Tuesday March 3, 2020 5:25pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 937
Original post from blaise213

Agreed

And he's the only MLS player worthy of the National team

The other 22 are in Europe


As far as being starters on the national team there are only a couple that i can think of currently, and a couple that are getting close. I think several MLS players have a roles as backups or supersubs.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #234
Thursday March 5, 2020 1:19am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,516
Continues to get better at winger. At this point I don't know if he wil ever make the jump to Europe. But he is still definitely in the USMNT mix.

bjelks
Post #235
Thursday March 5, 2020 1:27am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,425
How do we know if he's getting better if he keeps doing the same things against the same level of competition?
goalsense
blaise213
Post #236
Thursday March 5, 2020 1:43am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,051
I think Morris is the only MLS kid that should be on the March roster but damn that's a long flight

stoked-3
Post #237
Saturday March 7, 2020 5:00am

Joined Mar 2020
Total Posts: 7
Morris is a gamer, Iwould call him up, to be a sub to run at heavy legs. He is more of ahtlete who understands soccer, that a technical footballer, he lacks technical skills but what he lacks with technical, he makes up for with his heart and grin. It is a shame he didnt go overseas b.c he could have developed the tech skills to go along with his speed he would have been really dangerous

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